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Information and Resources


Brown County and NE Wisconsin Resources

Brown County Winter Trail Conditions
 
Brown County Winter Trail Passes and Maps
 
Peninsula State Park Winter Trail Conditions
 
NE Wisconsin Ski Trail User Reports (Skinny Ski)
 
National Snow Coverage Maps
 
WI DNR Ice Safety, "Know Before you Go"
  
Green Bay Sunrise and Sunset
 
Green Bay and Lake Michigan Marine Forecast
 
River Depth and Discharge Gauges
 
Fishing Reports (Lake Link)
 

Ask an Expert Videos

How to Set Up a Tent

UREC Outdoors presents a brief overview of how to set up your backpacking tent, using an Alps Mountaineering Lynx 3P for demonstration.

How to Pack Up a Tent

UREC Outdoors briefly demonstrates how to quickly and efficiently pack up your backpacking tent. Demo equipment is an Alps Mountaineering Lynx 3P backpacking tent.

Watercraft Mounting with a Roof Rack

UREC Outdoors walks you through how to mount a watercraft on a vehicle equipped with a roof rack and crossbars. Demo watercraft is an Old Town Canoe brand Castine 140.

Watercraft Mounting with a Bare Roof

UREC Outdoors walks you through how to mount a watercraft on a vehicle without any roof rack or crossbars. Demo watercraft is an Old Town Canoe brand Discovery 169.

Setting Up your Inflatable Paddleboard

UREC Outdoors briefly demonstrates how to unpack, inflate, and install fins on your inflatable stand-up paddleboard. Demo watercraft is an NRS brand Thrive 11' inflatable paddleboard.

Packing Away your Inflatable Paddleboard

UREC Outdoors briefly demonstrates how to deflate and pack up your inflatable stand-up paddleboard. Demo watercraft is a NRS brand Thrive 11' inflatable paddleboard.

 

 

Outdoor Recreation and Social Distancing

All recommendations are for those individuals who, to their knowledge, are well and have not been exposed to Covid-19/Coronavirus.

The following are things to consider when planning outdoor recreation compatible with social distancing as recommended by the CDC.

Social Distancing is a strategy to limit the spread of infectious disease by limiting close contact with other people. Social distancing can be maintained by avoiding situations in which you are around other people and, if you can’t maintain isolation, remaining six feet away from other people.

  1. Travel Distance
    • Remember that the farther you have to go, the more likely you will have to stop along the way.
    • During stops for food, gas, etc, maintain social distancing practices. Be thorough with hand washing. Recommend additional use of hand sanitizer upon returning to your vehicle.
  2. Nearby Population Centers
    • What large towns and population centers are nearby? This influences how easily you can socially distance yourself during your trip.
    • If going near large population centers, check their status beforehand. If there is community spread in that area, consider a new destination.
  3. Destination Popularity
    • How popular is the specific location you’re considering?
      • Avoid highly popular areas, especially if they’re near a larger population center.
      • EX. Devil’s Lake State Park, Wisconsin Dells, Granite Peak Ski Area
  4. Solo or Small Group?
    • It is not always feasible to go on trips alone. If you are going on trips with others:
      • Keep group size small, 4-5 at most.
      • Ensure no group members have been exposed and, if they were, that their 14-day self-quarantine has been completed
      • Do not go out will sick group members
      • When in the field, practice social distancing as much as possible. Recommend separate mess kits, thorough dish cleaning, and solo-sleeping arrangements.
    • If one of your team members comes down with symptoms while you are on trip:
      • Isolate them as best as is possible.
      • Evacuate. Hike/paddle/etc. out of the recreation area and practice isolation and social distancing on the way home as best as able.
      • Upon returning home, self-isolate (the whole group) and follow directions from the CDC and healthcare professionals.
  5. Equipment Care
    • If you are borrowing equipment, wash it before use following manufacturer instructions.
    • Upon return, thoroughly wash all of your equipment.