Wisconsin’s Recreational Use Statute

Wisconsin’s Recreational Use Statute, Wis. Stats. 895.52, limits private property owners’ responsibility for injury to people who use their land for recreation.  The statute defines recreational activity as any outdoor activity undertaken for the purpose of exercise, relaxation or pleasure, including practice or instruction in any such activity.  The following are examples of activities cited in Wisconsin’s Recreational Use Statute.  This list is not comprehensive:  bicycling, camping, fishing, hiking, horseback riding, hunting, picnicing, rock climbing, skating, skiing, sledding, water sports, etc.