Site Accessibility Definitions

All FWP lands (state parks, fishing access sites, wildlife management areas, and hatcheries) are rated for their accessibility. Below you will find the definition of each rating. You can find all the sites in each region and their accessibility rating by clicking on the inidividual region.

Easy Accessibility

Highly developed (urban/rural) recreational sites:

Construction material in these settings reflect an urbanized character. Trails and roads are typically paved with asphalt, concrete, or similar hardened surface. Facilities for highly intensive motor vehicle use, parking, and mass transit are often available.

Moderate Accessibility

Moderately developed (roaded natural) recreational sites:

Construction materials are more rustic: trails and roads may be paved, but are more likely constructed of natural surfaces such as compacted crushed gravel. Conventional motor vehicle use is accommodated.

Difficult Accessibility

Minimally developed (semi-primitive) recreational sites:

Constructed features in these settings are limited, and modifications to the natural landscape are minimal and unobtrusive. Construction materials reflect the importance of maintaining the predominantly natural character of the setting. Road and trail surfacing, if provided, is typically natural, i.e., native soil; use of foreign or imported material such as crushed rock is rare. Motor vehicle use may be prohibited at some sites.

Most Difficult Accessibility

Undeveloped (primitive) recreational sites:

Modifications to the natural environment are primarily made for resource protection; roads are generally not provided. The surface of trails is natural and may include many rocks, downed logs, and other naturally occurring obstacles. Guidelines presented in the report "Recommendations for Accessibility Guidelines: Recreational Facilities and Outdoor Developed Areas" are generally not applicable to these undeveloped settings.