Public Comment for DNR Regional Master Plan Draft Ends June12

New Park Entrance Among Proposed Changes to Peninsula State Park, According to DNR Regional Master Plan Draft

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources released a draft of their regional master plan for the 70,000 acres of public land that makes up the Northern Lake Michigan Coastal Ecological Landscape that includes Door, Oconto, Marinette, and Shawano Counties. Of specific interest to Fish Creek, Peninsula State Park is one of the properties included in the regional master plan draft and slated for several proposed changes, a new main park entrance among them.

Master Plan Short-Term and Long-Term Proposals

The regional master plan draft suggests a number of proposals regarding permitted public uses, authorized resource management, and facility development within Peninsula State Park. A summary of key short-term and long-term proposals pertaining to Peninsula State Park include:


  • Add electrical service hook ups to up to 25 existing campsites in South Nicolet Bay
  • Allow pets at Nelson Point Day Use Area
  • Continue to work with the Friends of Peninsula State Park group and other local partners to build the new Eagle Tower and support facilities


  • Construction of a new Park Entrance Visitor Station (PEVS) is planned. The exact location for the new PEVS has not been determined, but the current location is not a likely candidate due to natural resource concerns there. Further study is necessary before a specific location is selected. The new PEVS will provide similar but expanded programming to meet the needs of the park visitors.
  • Additional electric sites may be added to the family campgrounds within the limits of the state statues regarding state park campgrounds.
  • Install an open-air shelter with a maximum capacity of 50 people at Fish Creek and Nelson Point Day Use Area. Shelters will not have electrical service and therefore, the NR 44 classification will remain rustic.

A complete copy of the regional master plan draft can be accessed at The pages of the regional master plan draft specific to Peninsula State Park can be accessed here: DNR/RegionalMasterPlanDraft/PeninsulaStatePark

Public Comment Ends June 12

The regional master plan draft serves as a guiding document and not a definitive agenda for the land. Public input regarding the plan is strongly encouraged, especially considering the unique role Peninsula State Park plays in the Fish Creek community. However, the window to submit public comment closes next week, TUESDAY, JUNE 12, 2018.

Please direct your comments on or before June 12, 2018 to:

Diane Brusoe
DNR Section Chief

Phone: 608-267-7469
Email: [email protected]
Mail: Wisconsin DNR
P.O. Box 7921
Madison, WI 53707-7921


Terry Bay
Facilities and Lands Bureau Director

Phone: (608) 266-5782
Email: [email protected]
Mail: Wisconsin DNR
P.O. Box 7921
Madison, WI 53707-7921

If you previously directed your comments to Ann Freiwald, DNR Planner, she has since retired from the DNR. Please resend your responses to the names above.