`Nice to get outside`: Visitors return to Devil`s Lake State Park after weeks-long closure amid COVID-19 pandemic

Tyler Stanley’s home in Baraboo is a 20-minute walk from Devil’s Lake State Park, which he’s visited about twice a week since childhood.

He was in the park frequently in the days leading up to April 10, when Gov. Tony Evers — citing overcrowding, littering, vandalism and limited cleaning supplies amid the COVID-19 pandemic — ordered the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources to close 40 state parks, forests and recreation areas.

Stanley, 30, said he didn’t think the order was necessary and he was “kind of upset” when Devil’s Lake closed to the public.

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