2013 Gold Seal Awards contest under way in Wisconsin

Visitors can vote for their favorite state park property in 10 different categories 

MADISON – What Wisconsin state park offers the best view from a tower? How about the best park for walking the dog, listening for an owl or holding a family reunion?

Those are among the categories for the 2013 Friends of Wisconsin State Parks Gold Seal Awards contest categories.

“If you are a camper, biker, hunter, angler, or park visitor, cast your vote for your favorite state park, forest, or trail in one of our new categories,” said Patty Loosen, state park friends coordinator for the Department of Natural Resources.

The winning parks, forests, and trails will be honored with a Gold Seal Awards at the Friends of Wisconsin State Parks Awards Banquet in October. The statewide Friends of Wisconsin State Parks organization runs the Gold Seal Awards program each year to highlight Wisconsin's parks, trails, and forests.

This year, the Friends of Wisconsin State Parks have named the following categories:
  • Best recreational vehicle camping.
  • Best informational kiosk.
  • Best view from a tower.
  • Best friends group website.
  • Best place for dog walking.
  • Best place to hear an owl.
  • Most challenging hiking trail.
  • Best historical restoration project.
  • Best place for kids to explore nature.
  • Best place to hold a family reunion or party. 

People can cast their entries and find out more by visiting the Friends of Wisconsin State Parks website friendswiparks.blogspot.com (exit DNR) and clicking on the tab for “Gold Seal Awards.”

The Friends of Wisconsin State Parks work to promote, protect, preserve, restore, and enhance the State Park System in order to protect state parks and their resources for future generations.