Establishment, operation and categories of campgrounds.
The department may establish and operate state campgrounds in state parks, state forests and other lands under its supervision and management. The department may classify, by rule, state campgrounds into separate categories.
Imposition of camping fee.
Except as provided under par. (f)
, no person may camp in a state campground unless the applicable camping fee is paid.
The department shall charge a camping fee of not less than $15 but not more than $30, as determined by the secretary, for each night at a campsite in a state campground for a resident camping party, except as provided under par. (fm)
The department shall charge a camping fee of not less than $19 but not more than $35, as determined by the secretary, for each night at a campsite in a state campground for a nonresident camping party, except as provided under par. (fm)
Determination of residency.
The department shall base its determination of whether a camping party is a resident or nonresident camping party upon the residency of the person who applies for a reservation under sub. (11)
at the time the application for reservation is made or, if no reservation is made, the residency of the person who registers for the campsite at the time of registration.
Waiver of fees; special fees.
The department may waive camping fees, charge additional camping fees or charge special fees instead of camping fees for certain classes of persons or groups, certain areas, certain types of camping or times of the year and for admission to special events.
The secretary may raise the fees under par. (d) 1.
by not more than $5 above the respective maximum fee specified under par. (d) 1.
or may lower the fees under par. (d) 1.
by not more than $5 below the respective minimum fee specified under par. (d) 1.
Additional camping fees.
Besides the additional camping fees authorized under par. (f)
, the department may charge:
An additional camping fee of $1 per night for a resident camping party.
An additional camping fee from $1.50 to $1.75 per night for a nonresident camping party.
An additional camping fee of $1 for each pet accompanying a camping party.
An additional camping fee of $1 per night per camping party for a Friday, Saturday or Sunday night.
Except as provided in subd. 6.
, an additional camping fee of $10 per night for a camping party that uses electricity supplied at a state campground if the campsite has an electric receptacle.
An additional camping fee of $15 per night for a camping party that uses electricity supplied at a state campground located in Devil's Lake State Park, High Cliff State Park, Kohler-Andrae State Park, Peninsula State Park, or Willow River State Park, if the campsite has an electric receptacle.
Increased camping fees.
In addition to its authority under par. (f)
, the department shall determine which state campgrounds are located in areas where local market conditions justify the establishment of higher camping fees to be charged by the department. For these state campgrounds, the department shall promulgate rules to establish higher camping fees to be based on the applicable local market conditions.
(11) Campground reservation system. 27.01(11)(a)
The department may establish and operate a campground reservation system for state campgrounds in state parks, state forests and other lands under the department's supervision and control. The department may participate with owners of private campgrounds in a cooperative reservation system.
The department shall promulgate rules for the operation of the campground reservation system. The rules shall include all of the following:
The authority to refuse to accept campground reservation applications before a certain date or to treat applications received before that date as if they had been made on that date.
The authority to give reservations for each year until all of the available sites in a campground that are open for reservations for a given date have been reserved.
A reservation fee sufficient to equal the estimated cost of administering the system shall be charged.
The department may enter into a contract with another party to operate the campground reservation system that the department establishes under par. (a)
(cr) Contracts; distribution of fees.
A contract entered into under this paragraph shall require that the department retain $1 of each reservation fee collected. Under the contract the other party shall be required to do either of the following:
Remit the entire amount of each reservation fee it collects to the department. The department shall credit to the appropriation under s. 20.370 (1) (er)
for payment to the party all but $1 of each fee remitted.
Remit $1 of each reservation fee it collects to the department.
Cooperation with tourism.
The department of natural resources and the department of tourism shall work jointly to establish an automated campground reservation system.
(12) Legal counsel.
A representative of the department of justice designated by the attorney general shall act as legal counsel for said department of natural resources, both in proceedings and litigation, and in giving advice and counsel. The respective district attorneys of the county or counties where said park is or shall be located shall prosecute all violations of this section occurring within their respective counties as provided in s. 26.18
(13) Police supervision.
The department shall have police supervision over all state parks, and its duly appointed wardens may arrest, with or without warrant, any person within such park area, committing an offense against the laws of the state or in violation of any rule or regulation of the department in force in such state park, and deliver such person to the proper court of the county wherein such offense has been committed and make and execute a complaint charging such person with the offense committed. The district attorney of the county wherein such offense has been committed shall appear and prosecute all actions arising under this subsection.
“Rustic state park campsite" means a state park campsite in a campground that meets all of the requirements that are promulgated by rule by the department for campgrounds that do not provide modern facilities such as electrical receptacles, flush-type toilets and showers.
“State park campsite" means a campsite that is located in a state park.
The number of state park campsites with electric receptacles shall be maintained by the department so that all of the following apply:
No more than 35 percent of all state park campsites in the state have electric receptacles.
No more than 50 percent of the state park campsites in any one state park have electric receptacles.
No less than 25 percent of all state park campsites in the state are rustic state park campsites.
(16) Procedure required for alteration of a Perrot State Park entrance. 27.01(16)(a)
The department may not alter any entrance to Perrot State Park after January 1, 2005, that will result in any change in the access to or egress from that state park unless the department receives approval under par. (b)
from the town that has jurisdiction over the road on which the entrance is located.
The department shall request approval for the alteration of an entrance to Perrot State Park from the town that has jurisdiction over the road on which the entrance is located. The department shall file written notice with the clerk of the town of the department's intent to alter the entrance. The notice shall include a request for the town's approval of the alteration and the reasons for the proposed alteration. The town board shall hold a public hearing within 60 days after receipt of the department's notice. The town board shall provide a class 3 notice of the time and place that the board will consider the department's request. The town's notice shall contain a statement of the entrance that is being considered for alteration, the reasons provided by the department for that alteration, and a scale map of the area around that park entrance. The town board shall hold a public hearing at the time and place stated in the notice before taking any action on the department's request. The department and other interested parties may testify at the hearing. Within 30 days after the hearing, the town board shall provide the department with written notification of the board's decision regarding the alteration.
(17) Limited golf cart use.
The department shall permit the use of golf carts by persons age 16 and over in Governor Tommy G. Thompson Centennial State Park and the Peshtigo River State Forest. The department shall promulgate a rule that specifies when and where golf carts may be used in the state park and the state forest. The rule shall allow golf carts to be used for at least the same hours and in at least the same places as golf carts were used in the state park and the state forest before they were acquired by the state.
(18) Alcohol sales in Peninsula State Park.
The department shall allow a person with whom it contracts for the operation of a golf course or a golf clubhouse in Peninsula State Park to sell alcohol beverages on the golf course or in the golf clubhouse and shall allow users of the golf course or golf clubhouse who are at least 21 years of age to possess and consume those alcohol beverages. In the contract described under this subsection, the department may impose restrictions on the sale of alcohol beverages that are consistent with the restrictions imposed upon Class “B" licensees and “Class B" licensees under ch. 125
History: 1971 c. 125
; 1973 c. 90
; 1973 c. 245
; 1975 c. 365
; 1977 c. 29
; 1979 c. 34
; 1981 c. 20
; 1983 a. 19
; 1983 a. 27
, 2202 (38)
; 1983 a. 325
; 1985 a. 29
; 1987 a. 27
; 1989 a. 31
; 1991 a. 39
; 1993 a. 16
; 1995 a. 27
; 1997 a. 27
; 1999 a. 9
; 2001 a. 16
; 2005 a. 25
; 2007 a. 20
; 2009 a. 28
; 2011 a. 168
; 2013 a. 6
; 2013 a. 168
; 2015 a. 55
; 2017 a. 59
Copper Culture Mounds State Park.
The department of natural resources shall accept a grant of lands in the city of Oconto, Oconto County, and shall develop and maintain it as a state park to be known as Copper Culture Mounds State Park.
History: 1973 c. 333
Liability of vehicle owners. 27.014(1c)(1c)
In this section, with respect to a vehicle that is registered, or is required to be registered, by a lessee of the vehicle under ch. 341
, “owner" means the lessee of the vehicle.
If the department finds a vehicle in a vehicle admission area, as defined in s. 27.01 (7) (a) 3.
, that does not have a valid receipt affixed to it or otherwise displayed as authorized under s. 27.01 (7) (e)
and the department cannot locate the operator of the vehicle, the owner of the vehicle shall be presumed liable for a violation of s. 27.01 (7) (b)
Notwithstanding par. (a)
, no owner of a vehicle involved in a violation of s. 27.01 (7) (b)
may be convicted under this section if the person who, at the time of the violation, is operating the vehicle or who has the vehicle under his or her control has been convicted for the violation under par. (a)
or s. 27.01 (7) (b)
Service may be made by certified mail addressed to the vehicle owner's last-known address.
The following are defenses to the imposition of liability under sub. (1m)
That a report that the vehicle was stolen was given to the department before the violation occurred or within a reasonable time after the violation occurred.
If the owner of the vehicle provides the department with the name and address of the person operating the vehicle or having the vehicle under his or her control at the time of the violation and sufficient information for the department to determine that probable cause does not exist to believe that the owner of the vehicle was operating the vehicle at the time of the violation, then the owner of the vehicle shall not be liable under sub. (1m)
or s. 27.01 (7) (b)
If the vehicle is owned by a lessor of vehicles and at the time of the violation the vehicle was in the possession of a lessee, and the lessor provides the department with the information required under s. 343.46 (3)
, then the lessee and not the lessor shall be liable under sub. (1m)
or s. 27.01 (7) (b)
If the vehicle is owned by a dealer, as defined in s. 340.01 (11) (intro.)
but including the persons specified in s. 340.01 (11) (a)
, and at the time of the violation the vehicle was being operated by or was under the control of any person on a trial run, and if the dealer provides the department with the name, address and operator's license number of the person operating the vehicle, then that person, and not the dealer, shall be liable under sub. (1m)
or s. 27.01 (7) (b)
History: 1995 a. 27
; 1997 a. 27
State parks and forests grant program. 27.016(1)(a)
“Endowment fund" means an endowment, trust or other segregated fund for the benefit of a specific state park, southern state forest or state recreation area.
“Friends group" means a nonstock, nonprofit corporation described under section 501
(c) (3) or (4) of the Internal Revenue Code and exempt from taxation under section 501
(a) of the Internal Revenue Code that is organized to raise funds for state parks, state forests or state recreation areas.
“Southern state forest" means a state forest that is located within the region specified in s. 25.29 (7) (a)
The department shall establish a grant program under which friends groups that qualify under par. (b)
may receive matching grants for the operation and maintenance of state parks, southern state forests or state recreation areas.
To qualify for a grant under this section, a friends group shall have established an endowment fund for the benefit of a state park, a southern state forest or a state recreation area and shall have entered into a written agreement with the department as required by the department by rule.
The department shall promulgate rules to establish criteria to be used in determining which friends groups and which activities related to the maintenance or operation of state parks, southern state forests or state recreation areas are eligible for these grants.
The department may not expend more than $30,000 as grants under this section for a given friends group, state park, southern state forest or state recreation area in a fiscal year.
The amount of a grant under this section shall equal 50 percent of the amount of matching funds that are provided by the friends group for the grant. A friends group may only use the interest generated by the endowment fund for purposes of providing the matching funds. The matching funds and the grant may be used only for the operation and maintenance of the state park, southern state forest or state recreation area that the endowment fund was established to benefit.
Annually, on or before January 1, the department shall review all applications received under this section in the previous year and shall make the grants that it approves from the appropriation under s. 20.370 (1) (eq)
. If insufficient funds are available to pay all approved grants, the board shall prorate the available funds among the applicants in proportion to the approved grant amounts.
Beginning in fiscal year 1996-97 and for each fiscal year thereafter, any moneys not encumbered or expended for grants under sub. (6)
from the appropriation under s. 20.370 (1) (eq)
may be used by the department for the operation and maintenance of the state parks, of the southern state forests and of state recreation areas.
History: 1995 a. 27
; 1997 a. 313
See also s. NR 1.71
, Wis. adm. code.
“Rural planning" as used in this section means planning for the health, general welfare, and amenity of the settler; planning for the establishment of the best possible transportation facilities; planning for the creation and development of the most logical community centers where country people can come together for social and business relations; planning for the setting aside of country parks, recreation fields, county fairgrounds, community woodlands, places of local and historic interest, and for the reservation of land for public uses along river fronts, lake shores, fine outlooks from hilltops, and for the preservation of our native landscape.
(3) Department of agriculture, trade and consumer protection, duty.
The department of agriculture, trade and consumer protection shall stimulate interest and disseminate information along lines of rural planning and shall cooperate with county rural planning committees in carrying out their duties as provided by sub. (7)
(4) County committee.
In each county there shall be a county rural planning committee. The committee shall consist of the chairperson of the county board and the chairperson of the county highway committee, and 2 others, to be appointed by the chairpersons every 4 years for a term of 4 years and until a successor is elected and qualified. Terms of appointed members expire on July 1. The chairperson of the county board shall be chairperson of the committee.
Elected members shall be freeholders of the county and have a general interest in and knowledge of rural planning. All members shall be reimbursed by the county for their actual and necessary expenses incurred while acting as members of such committee. The county board may set a per diem for such members for days attended at committee meetings or spent in the interests of rural planning and, in counties where the rural planning committee operates a county park or parks which bring a financial return to the county, the county board may provide a salary for the secretary of the rural planning committee.
The county rural planning committee shall:
Keep itself informed of the progress of rural planning in this and other counties.
Report to the county, town or village boards upon the architectural design of any public building or bridge, the geographical location of community centers, the location or design of any statue or memorial, works of art and mural decorations in public buildings when such are proposed, to the end that such matters may be made in the highest degree effective, permanent, dignified and fitting through proper design, form and situation.
Advise regarding the planting and protection of trees, shrubs and flowers along all highways within the county to the end that they shall be so located as not to interfere with the maintenance of said highway, and that only trees, shrubs and flowers native to Wisconsin be used for this purpose.
Consider and provide for the establishment of community parks and woodlands, proportioned and situated so as to provide ample and equal facilities for the establishment of community parks and residents of the county.
Propose to the county board the setting aside of places of historic interest and the protection and preservation of unique and picturesque scenery along rivers, lakes and streams, or other scenery or features remarkable, to the end that they may be continued and preserved.
It may under the direction of the county board, operate a county park or parks for tourist camping and general public amusement, and may establish fees, concession privileges and grants and employ such help as is needed to operate the park or parks for the best county interests. The county board shall establish rules and regulations governing the conduct and behavior of patrons in and on any such park and shall provide for penalties for infractions of these rules and regulations. When such parks have bathing beaches in connection with them, the county board shall make rules and regulations governing the operation of motor boats in or near such beaches, and provide penalties for infraction of such rules and regulations. The board shall also establish rules, regulations and penalties for infractions thereof, for all roads in county parks and all such roads shall be part of the county highway system.
(8) Reports to county board.
The county board may call upon such committee to report with recommendations upon any matter relating to rural planning, and such committee shall make its report within 30 days after such request is made unless a longer or shorter period is specified. But such committee may at any time, on its own motion, make recommendations on any phase of rural planning to the county board.
(9) Committee secretary; planning experts.
Such committee with the consent of the county board may appoint as secretary a person of skill and experience in rural development and may with the consent of such board employ consulting rural planning experts for the making of plans or maps of the county or any portion thereof showing location, design or treatment of proposed projects referred to in this section, as occasion may require.
(10) Acquisition of land.
Any county in which there does not exist a county park commission acting through its rural planning committee may acquire by gift, grant, devise, donation, purchase, condemnation or otherwise, with the consent of the county board, a sufficient tract or tracts of land for the reservation for public use of river fronts, lake shores, picnic groves, outlook points from hilltops, places of special historic interest, memorial grounds, parks, playgrounds, sites for public buildings, and reservations in and about and along and leading to any or all of the same, and to develop and maintain the same for public use. The power of condemnation may not be used for the purpose of establishing or extending a recreational trail; a bicycle way, as defined in s. 340.01 (5s)
; a bicycle lane, as defined in s. 340.01 (5e)
; or a pedestrian way, as defined in s. 346.02 (8) (a)
(11) Enforce highway littering law.
Such committee shall work out plans to enforce the provisions of s. 287.81 (2) (a)
prohibiting the depositing of solid waste on or along highways.