The 2018 Friends of Wisconsin State Parks Gold Seal Award contest is going to be a tough vote for people on many of the questions this year!

Wisconsin has so many beautiful waterfalls how can you pick just one? Best rock formation with Wisconsin’s geological wealth? Best rail trail out of statewide system that has so many gems? Come on! Best beach in a state with 10 parks or forests on the Great Lakes and numerous beaches on some of Wisconsin’s 15,000 inland lakes?

“Yes, this year I think voters really have their work cut out for them,” said Patty Loosen, Friends of Wisconsin State Parks executive director.

Favorite state park or forest beach is one of the categories in the 2018 Gold Seal Awards. - Photo credit: DNR

The Friends of Wisconsin State Parks is the umbrella organization for the more than 80 local friends groups organizations organized to provide support for state park system properties. The organization’s mission is preserving, promoting, protecting, and enhancing Wisconsin state parks, forests, trails and recreation areas. The organization runs the Gold Seal Award program each year to highlight Wisconsin’s state parks, trails, forests and recreation areas.

“If you are a biker, hiker, swimmer, bird watcher, snowmobiler or just a regular park visitor, cast your vote for your favorite state park, forest, or trail in one of our new categories,” Loosen said.

The contest ends on Friday, Sept. 7, 2018 and the winning parks, forests, trails, or recreational areas will be honored with a Gold Seal Award at the Friends of Wisconsin State Parks Awards Banquet on Saturday, Nov. 10, 2018.

The 2018 categories are:

  • Best state park system property for eagle watching.
  • Best state park system property for single-track mountain biking.
  • Best state park waterfall.
  • Best state park system property for stand-up paddle boarding.
  • Best state park system property for school trips and presentations.
  • Best state park system beach.
  • Best dog friendly state park system property.
  • Best rock formations at a state park system property.
  • Best state park system group camping area.
  • Best rails-to-trails trail in the state park system.

More information and details on entering the contest and rules are available on the Friends of Wisconsin State Parks website friendswiparks.blogspot.com (exit DNR) by clicking on the tab for “Gold Seal Contest.”

For more information about Wisconsin State Park System properties, search the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources website, dnr.wi.gov, for keyword “parks.”

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