Wisconsin DNR suggests higher fees, naming rights at state parks
MADISON — Higher fees, more electricity, rental cabins and corporate sponsorships could be in store for Wisconsin’s state parks.
The 2015 state budget removed all state support from the parks and raised admission fees. Analysts say the move is projected to create an annual $1.4 million deficit in the parks account.
The Department of Natural Resources has released a number of recommendations for raising money, including expanding electrical service to hundreds of campsites for recreational vehicle users, creating rental lodging and selling naming rights to park facilities.
The recommendations come as Gov. Scott Walker is crafting the next state budget. Democrats say the recommendations would make the parks too expensive for families.