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The sun is setting on Big Foot Beach State Park in Lake Geneva and 39 others around the state for now.

Governor orders indefinite closure of 40 state parks, forests and rec areas

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After waiving fees to encourage Wisconsinites to make use of the state parks during the Safer at Home order, Gov. Tony Evers has now closed 40 state parks, recreation areas and forests beginning at the end of the day Thursday.

The parks – which are in the more heavily populated northeast, southeast and south central regions of the state – will remain closed until further notice.

In a press release, Evers ordered the Department of Natural Resources to close the parks, "out of an abundance of caution to protect health and safety and help flatten the curve."

The governor also said that, "growing difficulty with ensuring social distancing compliance, dwindling cleaning supplies and mounting trash are some of the challenges faced by our state parks staff. We have to address the growing public health and safety concern and protect Wisconsinites."

The parks and other sites that will be closed include:

Northeast Region: High Cliff State Park

Southeast Region: Big Foot Beach State Park, Harrington Beach State Park, Havenwoods State Forest, Kohler-Andrae State Park, Kettle Moraine State Forest Lapham Peak, Loew Lake, Mukwonago River, Northern Unit, Pike Lake, Southern Unit, Lakeshore State Park, and Richard Bong State Recreational Area

South Central Region: Aztalan State Park, Belmont Mound State Park, Blue Mound State Park, Cadiz Springs State Recreational Area, Capital Springs State Recreational Area, Cross Plains State Park, Devil's Lake State Park, Fenley State Recreational Area, Governor Dodge State Park, Governor Nelson State Park, Lake Kegonsa State Park, Lower Wisconsin Riverway, Mackenzie Center, Mirror Lake State Park, Natural Bridge State Park, Nelson Dewey State Park, New Glarus Woods State Park, Rocky Arbor State Park, Sauk Prairie State Recreational Area, Tower Hill State Park, Wyalusing State Park, Yellowstone Lake State Park, Gibraltar Rock State Natural Area, Pewits Nest State Natural Area, Parfrey's Glen State Natural Area and Dells of The Wisconsin River State Natural Area

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