Open the Outdoors
The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources is committed to providing exceptional outdoor recreation opportunities for people of all abilities around the state. Whether at our parks and forests, on land and water, there is something for everyone.
Find accessible activities
From adaptive equipment to accessible fishing piers, hiking trails, and campsites, the DNR State Parks Accessibility Map opens the outdoors to people of all abilities to make memories, learn new skills and enjoy the benefits of nature. Use this map to get inspired and take advantage of the wide array of accessible recreation opportunities available throughout Wisconsin's state parks, forests and recreation areas.
Use the interactive map on Find a Park to explore recreation opportunities that fit your abilities. Filter the map by Accessible Features and Services to find accessible trails, campsites, cabins, fishing piers, wildlife blinds, and adaptive equipment at state parks across the state.
Many state properties host adaptive equipment for outdoor recreation. The DNR adaptive equipment fleet includes adaptive kayaks, beach wheelchairs, cross-county sit skis and beach access mats. We're even adding universal kayak launches.
- ADAPTIVE KAYAKS
For individuals with mobility impairments, we now offer a unique way to experience the outdoors. Buckhorn, Council Grounds, Devil's Lake, and Perrot state parks have kayaks available with several adaptive devices. It is recommended to call the park before your visit to make sure it's available.
These adapted kayaks are available for people with a wide range of disabilities, including people who need a more stable kayak for balance issues, ailments due to aging, etc. Whether you were a paddler before a disability or have never had an opportunity to get out on the water in a kayak due to physical limitations, we highly encourage you to get to one of these state parks to try it.
The adaptive kayaks feature outriggers near the back of the kayak (adjustable to four different widths depending on the user's level of function), providing incredible water stability. A raised back with side supports also offers the user a comfortable and secure seat while paddling. Not only is this adjustable, but parts of the seat can be removed altogether for individuals with greater upper-body function. Lastly, the paddle is equipped with hand braces that make paddling easier for individuals with limited grip.
- BEACHES AND BEACH WHEELCHAIRS
Many of our state parks with beaches feature different elements of accessibility on generally inaccessible terrain.
Some parks have specialized beach wheelchairs with large inflatable tires that allow for easy maneuvering on sand and entry into the water. Others feature accessible beach access mats that provide a stable surface for people in wheelchairs or those with difficulty walking.
- Big Bay State Park has a beach wheelchair
- Buckhorn State Park has a beach wheelchair
- Copper Falls State Park has a paved accessible trail along the water's edge at the Loon Lake beach
- Devil's Lake State Park has a beach access mat
- Harrington Beach State Park has a beach wheelchair
- Kohler-Andrae State Park has both a beach trail and two beach wheelchairs, one for general use and the other available at the accessible cabin
- Richard Bong State Recreation Area has a beach access mat
We are adding additional beach wheelchairs and access mats around the state, so check back for updates.
- CROSS-COUNTRY SIT SKIS
Winter in Wisconsin is a difficult time for many people with disabilities, not only to enjoy the outdoors but to get around and complete simple tasks outside of the home due to snow.
Our cross-country sit skis are a fantastic opportunity for people with mobility impairments to get out into the peace and solitude of winter. The sit skis are available for free use at the locations listed below. All of these locations have flat groomed trails that allow for easier maneuverability.