Annual Wisconsin State Park and Trail stickers would be good for a full year, under a bill being proposed at the capitol.
According to the Wisconsin Radio Network, passes can currently only be used for the calendar year in which they were bought, while legislation from state representative Gary Hebl would make them valid for 12 months from the date of purchase. The Sun Prairie Democrat believes that would encourage people to use state parks more often and be more willing to purchase an annual pass, instead of just the daily rate.
Hebl says he’s heard from several people who will not buy an annual pass after July, likely reducing the chance they will visit a park again in the second half of the year.
“It’s a discouragement, currently, and I want it to be an encouragement,” he says.
Owners of vehicles with a state-issued plate currently pay $28 for an annual state park pass, while the daily rate for visits is $8.