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Want to try fishing but not quite sure where to begin? It’s easier than you think! Check out the DNR website for everything you need to get started.

You’ll find information on places to fish, season dates, regulations and license requirements, taking kids fishing and more. The DNR also has a tackle loaner program to provide gear. Visit dnr.wi.gov/topic/fishing for more information.

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The Wisconsin State Fair is set for another year of excitement this summer, and the DNR again will be there. The 2022 fair runs from Aug. 4-14 at State Fair Park in West Allis.

Along with all the usual fair fare — food, rides, entertainment, exhibits — look for the DNR at the north building in Exploratory Park. You’ll find educational experiences, dynamic displays and friendly staff to help you learn more about the state’s great outdoors and the DNR’s work to keep them protected and open for everyone.

For complete fair details including building hours and admission information, see wistatefair.com.

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There are more than 6,000 campsites across the Wisconsin State Park System, with opportunities to spend time at beautiful parks, forests and recreation areas. Reservations are required at most locations and fill quickly, especially at more popular parks, so make plans now.

Go to dnr.wi.gov/topic/parks to find a park, get admission information and book your camping reservations today.

North American Invasive Species Management Association


June is Invasive Species Action Month, the perfect time to focus on how you can help fight the spread of invasive nonnative plants and animals in Wisconsin’s lands and waters.

The state’s invasive species rule designates restricted and prohibited species based on the potential damage they could do to Wisconsin’s ecology and economy. Taking simple steps can help prevent the spread of these harmful invasives.

Hiking and camping: Clean mud and dirt from shoes and remove seeds and burs from clothing before visiting other places.

Firewood: Use local wood to avoid moving invasive insects and pathogens.

Fishing and boating: Inspect your boat, trailer and equipment immediately after every use and remove any attached aquatic plants or animals. Drain all water from boats, motors and equipment. Never move live fish away from a waterbody and always put unwanted bait in the trash.

Gardeners: Remove invasive species and plant native species or traditional gardening plants that are noninvasive.

Volunteer: Many groups host volunteer workdays to conduct removal of invasive species at state properties and elsewhere. Check the DNR’s events calendar — dnr.wi.gov/ events — or contact individual groups for opportunities to help.

The Wisconsin Invasive Species Council, created by the Wisconsin Legislature to help the DNR with invasive species control, promotes Invasive Species Action Month each June. For information, check invasivespecies.wi.gov.

For more on invasive species including control measures, rules and regulations, invasive species lists and how to report invasives, see dnr.wi.gov/topic/invasives.