Lakefront Brewery in Milwaukee during the COVID-19 pandemic

Updates heading into your Wisconsin Weekend: Free Fun & Fishing Weekend, State Parks open restrooms, more places welcome visitors

It’s been a rough stretch. If you want to get out for a road trip and refresh, here are some things of note this week and weekend as you “Pick Some Roads and GO!!”

Free Fun (and Fishing) Weekend coming up in Wisconsin State Parks

Copper Falls

As most of the rest of Wisconsin’s State Parks are open and have opened up some restroom facilities (let’s face it, that was needed), get ready to take advantage of “Free Fun Weekend” coming up! This means means NO state park admission stickers, trail passes, or fishing licenses are required Saturday, June 6th or Sunday, June 7th.

• ATV, UTVs, and OHMs are exempt from registration requirements. Resident and non-resident all-terrain vehicle operators do not need a trail pass to ride state ATV trails.

• Visitors are asked to recreate responsibly close to home and practice social distancing.


• All 2020-2021 fishing regulations apply including bag and length limits.

• Due to the public health risk, loaner equipment will not be available. Anglers should bring their own equipment and bait.

• Events such as fishing clinics are canceled.


• All state parks have updated hours of operation from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m.

• All group, family and indoor group campsites will remain closed through June 7. The status of events, reservations and camping after June 7 is currently under review.

• Park-goers should remember to take their garbage and recycling home with them as most state parks, forests, and other day-use areas do not have garbage or recycling bins.

• Attractions at which social distancing cannot be achieved are closed at various properties; visit the park notices webpage for information about ongoing closures.

• All other facilities currently closed such as towers, shelters, playgrounds, nature centers, headquarters, entrance stations and concession buildings remain closed to the public.

• Fight the Bite! Ticks are out, and visitors should take precautions to prevent Lyme Disease.


• A limited number of day-use area restrooms at parks are now open for public use.

• All other facilities will remain closed, including towers, shelters, playgrounds, nature centers, headquarters, contact stations and concession buildings.

• Attractions where social distancing cannot be achieved will be closed as needed at various properties.


More Craft Breweries, Wineries, and Distilleries are opening up this week and weekend

Thumb Knuckle Brewing sampler

With COVID-19 shutdowns of tap and tasting rooms, brewery, winery, and distillery tours have been non-existent this spring. That’s changing! While social distancing and cleaning/sanitizing rules remain in effect, more of your favorite – and your yet-undiscovered – places that deal in fermentation are re-opening their doors to visitors. Places like G5 Brewing in Beloit, Duesterbeck’s Brewing north of Delavan, the Lone Girl Brewing Company in Waunakee, and Brewfinity Brewing in Oconomowoc have already opened their tap rooms back up.
Opening Thursday: Petskull Brewing in Manitowoc, Second Salem Brewing in Whitewater, and Potosi Brewing in Potosi.
Open Friday: Thumb Knuckle Brewing along Highway 54 in Luxemburg, Driftless Brewing Company along U.S. 61 in Soldiers Grove, Hubbleton Brewing Company near Waterloo, and 3 Sheeps Brewing in Sheboygan. These are just the ones we know offhand; there are many, many more in the state opening up for indoor beverages and food. Even in the city of Milwaukee, bars and restaurants are being allowed to open to 25% capacity this weekend, so if you want to try Broken Bat Brewing, Lakefront Brewery, Good City Brewing, or any the other dizzying array of craft breweries in Milwaukee, you just might be able to. But you should definitely check with your local (or distant) favorites before heading out! More

Summerfest 2020 cancelled

One of our favorite festivals in the world, Summerfest in Milwaukee, has decided to cancel outright for 2020. It’s the first time its 50+-year history they’ve done this, but they decided to look ahead and plan for 2021. Details about ticket refunds can be found here, and we’ll track additions to the music lineup in 2021 – four are already committed.

Check out State Trunk Tour Podcasts on the Wisconsin Coastal Food Trail and the Blues history in Ozaukee County!
State Trunk Tour founder Eric Paulsen got to talk with Jason Ring of the Manitowoc CVB about the new Wisconsin Coastal Food Trail that offers pathways for exploring everything from farms and cheese factories to breweries, bakeries, wineries, and distilleries in and around the Manitowoc and Two Rivers area (which are reopening again), as well as with Kris Raymond of the Paramount Music Association, about the amazing and little-known history of early Blues and Jazz records being made in Grafton and Port Washington – recordings that helped shape music ever since. Check them both out below: