A gift that keeps on giving! DNR offers state park admission stickers, state trail passes this holiday season

MADISON (WITI) -- People looking for the a holiday gift that keeps giving throughout the year can give outdoor enthusiasts access to thousands of miles of trails, hundreds of nature hike opportunities, dozens of beaches, and some of the most scenic areas found in Wisconsin with a 2015 Wisconsin state park admission stickers or state trail pass.

2015 stickers and state trails passes went on sale December 1st at state park facilities and Department of Natural Resources service centers statewide. State park properties will honor 2015 stickers and passes for admission to parks, forests, recreation areas and trails beginning December 1st, 2014.

The admission stickers are designed by high school students and the winning design is chosen in a statewide contest.

The winning design for the 2015

Wisconsin State Parks admission sticker features a butterfly atop of a purple coneflower and was designed by Josie Tollaksen, a junior at Poynette High School. The winning design was selected from 167 entries into the design contest. It will be printed on state park and forest annual vehicle admission stickers and displayed on more than 150,000 vehicles.

The vehicle admission stickers provide access to more than 60 state park, forest and recreation area properties across Wisconsin. The stickers are required on all motor vehicles stopping in state parks and recreation areas. Some state forest and trail parking areas also require a sticker.

Due to a mistake made in printing the non-resident annual stickers, those stickers will not be available this year until after December 12th, 2014. Until then non-residents may call the Department of Natural Resources' toll free customer service line at 1-888-936-7463 to purchase stickers and they will be mailed out as soon as they are received and well ahead of the holidays.

A state trail pass is required for all people age 16 or older biking, in-line skating, horseback riding, cross-country skiing, or off-highway motorcycling on certain state trails. A state trail pass is not required for walking or hiking.

Admission stickers cost is $25 for Wisconsin residents or $35 for nonresidents - the same as last year. A family with more than one vehicle registered to the same household may purchase additional state park stickers at half price. A senior citizen annual sticker for $10 is available for Wisconsin Residents 65 years of age and older. Annual trail passes are $20 for residents and nonresidents.

In addition to park, forest and trail offices and DNR service centers, stickers and trail passes are available over the phone from the DNR call center. Phone customers can call the DNR at 888-936-7463 between 7:00 a.m. and 10:00 p.m. Visa and MasterCard are accepted. Customers need to order stickers and passes by Monday, December 15th to receive them for the holidays.

The Friends of Wisconsin State Parks also offers online sales of admission stickers and trail passes with a donation to the statewide friends group through the organization's website www.fwsp.org.