Free Access to State Parks & Trails
Certain disabled veterans and former Prisoners of War (POWs) are eligible to receive waivers of vehicle admission and trail pass fees for State of Wisconsin Parks and Trails.
Eligible Veterans include:
- Disabled Veterans with a 70% or greater, either Permanent or Temporary disability rating
- Disabled Veterans determined by the Federal VA to be Totally Disabled due to Individual Unemployability (TDIU)
- Former POWs
To apply for this fee waiver:
- Download and complete the Disabled Veteran Free State Park/Forest/Trail Pass Application (DNR Form 2500-123) and take it to your County Veterans Service Officer (CVSO) to certify. The application must be signed and stamped by the CVSO.
- Mail the certified application to:
Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
Bureau of Parks and Recreation
101 S. Webster St.
P.O. Box 7921
Madison, WI 53707
Do not send medical records to the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.
The Bureau of Parks and Recreation will mail you an identification card to be presented each time you visit a state park, forest, or recreation area. The park, forest, or recreation area will then issue a courtesy pass for the day. When using state trails requiring a trail pass, carry the identification card with you.
For more information, contact your local County Veterans Service Officer or call WDVA toll-free at 1-800-WIS-VETS (947-8387).