Dane County

 

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Babcock Park is located on the east side of Lake Waubesa at the outflow of the Yahara River near the Village of McFarland on U.S. Highway 51. The boat launch offers a fish cleaning facility and accessible fishing pier. The Park also has a 25-unit campground with electricity supplied to all sites, a fully accessible bathroom and shower, and a sanitary dump station. Take Hwy. 51 north of the village of McFarland. Park on the east side of Hwy. 51-Park Address- 4214 US Highway 51-McFarland WI 53558

Badger Prairie Park-This park located just east of the City of Verona at the intersection of County Highway PB and U.S. Highway 18 and 151, serves as the center of the Ice Age Trail Junction Area. The park has a shelter facility, play fields, mountain bike trails, a playground, and a new aeromodeling field. The park also provides access to Military Ridge State Trail and a segment of the Ice Age National Scenic Trail.-From Madison, take Hwy. 151 south to County PB. The park is at this intersection. Picnic tables, picnic shelter, toilets, baseball, playground.Park Address -6720 Highway 151 -Verona WI 53593-

Brigham Park-This 112 acre park is located just northeast of the Village of Blue Mounds on County Highway F. It is named after Ebenezer Brigham, one of the first white settlers in this area. The park provides a panoramic view of the Wisconsin River Valley. Park features also include a group camp area, a 25 unit rustic campground, two shelter facilities, picnic area, play equipment, and a self-guided nature trail through a maple woods. Take Hwy 18-151 west to Bluemounds. Turn right on County F. Picnic tables, picnic shelter,outhouses, toilets, tent sites, trailer sites, hiking,nature trails, playground. Park Address -3160 County F-Blue Mounds WI 53517

Cam-Rock Park-This 422-acre park is located in eastern Dane County along Koshkonong Creek between the Village of Cambridge and the historic Village of Rockdale. This park has three separate use areas with shelter facilities and play areas. The trails are suitable for hiking, cross-country skiing, and Cam-Rock area 3 has a single-track mountain bike trail. Cam-Rock Park can be reached via U.S. Highway 12 and 18 onto County Highway B and Highland Drive through the Village of Rockdale. Go east on Hwys 12-18 to County B. Picnic tables, picnic shelter, outhoues, hiking, cross-country skiing. 68 County Highway B Cambridge WI 53523

Donald Park is located in the Town of Springdale along two trout streams, Deer Creek and Frye Feeder, southeast of Mt. Horeb off Highway 92, just west of Mt. Vernon. The Donald/Woodburn family donated the original 105 acres for this park. The park has since grown to encompass 480 acres containing oak woods, intriguing rock outcroppings with scenic vistas and springs. Donald Park is also known for its trout streams; Deer Creek and Frye Feeder, and Mt. Vernon Creek. There is a small picnic area called Pop's Knoll developedthrough a generous donation from the Woodburn family and the efforts of the Friends of Donald Park. Hiking trails are open and equestrian trails are under construction. 1870 Sutter Road Mt Horeb WI 53572

Festge Park, located in the driftless (unglaciated) area of Dane County, offers a scenic view 100 feet above the Black Earth Creek Valley in the Town of Berry. Otto and Evelyn Festge generously donated the original acreage for this park. The entrance is located on Scherbel Road, one-and- one-half mile west of the Village of Cross Plains north of US Highway 14. The park contains 126 acres of beautifully wooded parkland with hiking trails winding through a mature stand of hickory and oak. Other features include three shelter facilities, softball field, play equipment, and shaded areas for family picnics. Future plans for Festge Park include development as a trail link into the Ice Age National Scenic Trail system. A natural history marker explains the area's glacial geology. Nearby Salmo Pond is adjacent to Black Earth Creek south of US Highway 14, offers shoreline fishing, an accessible fishing pier, and picnic areas. Take Hwy. 14 1 1/2 miles west of Cross Plains to Scherbel Rd and turn right. Picnic tables, picnic shelter,outhouses, nature trails, baseball, playground. 4809 Scherbel Rd-Cross Plains WI 53528

Fish Camp Launch-This 99-acre site is located on the northwest shore of Lake Kegonsa at the inlet of the Yahara River. This exceptional boat launch site offers a protected launching area that features new launch piers, bathrooms, fish cleaning facility, and parking area. A picnic area along the lakeshore provides a pleasant area for family outings and shoreline fishing with fully accessible fishing piers. A new canoe launch has also been installed on the Yahara River. This site is located at the end of Fish Camp Road off County Highway AB, approximately one-mil northeast of the intersection of US Highway 51 and County Highway AB. Picnic tables, boat launch, toilets 3383 Fish Camp Road-McFarland WI 53558

Fish Lake Park-This park is located on the west side of Fish Lake in the far northwestern corner of Dane County. Facilities at this 3-acre site include a shelter house, picnic area and boat launch (boats using gas motors are prohibited). The lake is 252 acres in size with a depth of 62 feet and contains Northern Pike, Largemouth Bass and pan fish. It can be reached via USH 12, north on CTH KP, right on CTH Y, left on Mack Road and right on Fish Lake Road. Picnic tables, picnic shelter, playground, boat landing

Goodland Park-Located on the west shore of Lake Waubesa. Goodland is one of the oldest county parks. The park consists of partially wooded 15-acres containing 600 feet of shoreline. Facilities include two shelter houses, picnic areas, volleyball, tennis and basketball courts, a softball field, play equipment, unsupervised swimming area, and boat launch. The park can be reached from Madison by US Highway 14 to County Highway MM, then south on Goodland Park Road. Picnic tables, picnic shelter, outhouses, toilets, swimming beach, baseball, volleyball, tennis,playground, boat landing. 2862 Waubesa Avenue-Madison WI 53711

The Halfway Prairie Schoolhouse is located in the Town of Mazomanie at the junction of County Highway F and SH 19, two and one-half miles north of the Village of Black Earth. Halfway Prairie School is the oldest rural elementary school in Dane County. This one-room school was operated from 1844 until it closed as a result of consolidation in 1961. It was given the name of Halfway Prairie because it was halfway between Mineral Point and Portage, a popular transportation route for early miners. Visitors may view the inside of the school in its authentically restored condition on holidays and Sunday afternoons 1:00pm to 5:00pm, from Memorial Day through Labor Day compliments of Friends of Old Halfway Prairie. Take Hwy. 12 to Hwy. 19. Go east on Hwy. 19 to its junction with County F. Picnic tables, outhouses, playground. 9770 State Highway 19-Waunakee WI 53597

Indian Lake Park is located in the town of Berry on SH 19 about two miles west of US Highway 12. At 483 acres, Indian Lake is one of Dane County's largest parks. A winding trail leads to a historic chapel built in 1857, located on a hilltop that provides a breath taking view of the lake and surrounding valley. A trail has been developed around the entire lake, and miles of cross-country ski and nature trails in the wooded hills provide many recreational opportunities and access to a log cabin warming house. The park also has a pet excercise area located adjacent to the small boat launch off US Highway 19 at the entrance on the west side of the lake. Boats using gas motors are prohibited on Indian Lake (electric motors allowed). Take Hwy. 12 north to Hwy. 19 and turn left. Go four miles to park entrance. Picnic tables, picnic shelter, outhouses, hiking, nature trails, cross-country skiing, boat landing. 8183 Hwy 19-Cross Plains WI 53528

LaFollette Park is loocated in the Town of Pleasant Springs on the east shore of Lake Kegonsa at the outlet of the Yahara River, LaFollette Park can be reached from US Highway 51 by traveling east on County Highway B for one and one-half miles and turning north on Williams Drive. The park is best known for its wayside picnic areas and shore fishing at the locks and dam. Canoes can be launched at the north end of the park below the locks and dams. Picnic,tables, picnic shelter, outhouses, beach,playground, boat landing. 2248 Williams Drive-Stoughton WI 53589

Lake Farm Park is reached by exiting US Highway 12/18 South onto South Towne Drive and then left on Libby Road. The park is part of the Capital Springs Centennial State Park & Recreation Area. The park is also part of the Nine Springs E-Way which includes the Capital City State Bike Trail. This 328-acre park has three shelter facilities, play equipment, a barrier-free boat launch with a fish cleaning facility, group camping area, wildlife pond, over-look tower, hiking and cross-country ski trails, and the Native American Archaeological Trail. A new fully accessible campground with 54 sites including 39 electric hook ups for RVs (50 amp), bathroom and shower facilities, and a sanitary dump station are now open. Picnic tables, picnic shelter, toilets, hiking, nature trails cross-country skiing,baseball, volleyball,playground, boat landing.
4330 Libby Road-Madison WI 53711


Lussier Park-Located on the northeast corner of Fish Lake in the Town of Roxbury, this park is part of the Fish Lake Natural Resource Area. The 140-acre Lussier Park was made possible by a significant donation from John H. Lussier and the assistance of the Natural Heritage Land Trust (formerly the Dane County Natural Heritage Foundation) and the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. It includes the area formerly known as Gaukel's Resort and features picnicking and over 3000 feet of lake frontage with shoreline fishing. Boats using gas motors are prohibited on the 252 acre lake (electric motors permitted). Fish Lake is reported to contain northern pike, cisco, large-mouth bass, and panfish. Lussier Park can be reached via US Highway 12, north on County Highway KP, right on County Highway Y, left on Mack Road, right on Fish Lake Road, and right on Schoepp Road. 8605 Schoepp Road-Lodi WI 53555


Lake View Woods
-This heavily wooded 27-acre conservancy park offers a stark contrast to urban settings. It is the highest point on the north side of the City of Madison with a magnificent view of Lake Mendota. Facilities are limited to picnic tables and trails throughout the woods. The park is located on the north side of Northport Drive behind the Dane County Human Services Building. Picnic tables, hikng, nature trails

McCarthy Youth & Conservation Park-Russell and Ella McCarthy generously donated the original 180 acres for this park as a special park for the youth of Dane County. Dane County has purchased an additional 40 acres for a total of 220. The park currently provides a parking area, hiking, and picnicking. Planning has been completed and development will occur through the efforts of the Friends of McCarthy Park and Dane County. It will serve as a combined recreational and conservancy park for young people including group camping, prairie restoration, bike trails, and equestrian trails. The park's purpose will be to involve young people in conservation and outdoor activities. 4911 Cty Hwy TT-Cottage Grove, WI 53527

Mendota Park is located off County Highway M near the intersection of County Highways Q and M near Middleton in the Town of Westport. The park has a 30-unit campground and a 5-unit boat campground with reservable sites. Facilities include electrical sites, bathroom and shower facilities, and trailer dumping station. Mendota Park also offers two shelter facilities, unsupervised swimming area with an accessible swimming ramp, tennis and basketball courts, softball field, play equipment and a shallow launch for small boats and canoes. This park is only a few miles southwest of Governor Nelson State Park. Take Hwy. 12-14 north to County M. Turn right and go 2 1/2 miles to the park entrance. Picnic tables, picnic shelter, toilets, tent sites, trailer sites, swimming beach, dressing rooms, baseball, volleyball, tennis,playground, boat landing. 5130 Cty Hwy M-Mendota

The Nine Springs E-Way, an environmental corridor envisioned by planner and professor Phil Lewis, extends from Dunn's Marsh near Seminole Highway easterly to Lake Farm Park on Lake Waubesa, a distance of approximately seven miles. The corridor includes many points of interest. Natural features include large areas of wetland and sedge meadows, native forests, and many large springs that flow into Nine Springs Creek. These features provide ideal habitats for a wide variety of vegetation and wildlife in the corridor. A system of trails that includes the Capital City Trail is being developed for year-round public use and enjoyment. The trail system provides opportunities for jogging, hiking, biking, nature study, photography, and cross-country skiing. The trails also lead to scenic overlooks and vistas of the surrounding areas. The corridor and trails provide an excellent outdoor classroom for nature studies, science projects and school field trips. At present, six miles of trail have been established on the eastern end of the E-Way corridor. The trailhead, located near Lake Farm Park, can be reached from US Highway 12/18, south on South Towne Drive and then east on Moorland Road to the Nine Springs E-Way parking lot. Hiking, nature trails, cross-country skiing. 1947 Moorland Road-Madison WI 53711

Phil's Woods is named for Philip LaFollette, three-time Governor of Wisconsin. His widow, Isabel LaFollette, donated Phil's Woods to the State of Wisconsin. It was too small for development as a State Park so the property was passed on to the Dane County Parks as a natural resource area. You may park and walk to view the 37 acres of natural woods and meadow. The Baraboo Bluffs and Sauk Prairie are visible from the western field. Phil's Woods can be reached by driving west on US Highway 12 from Madison and south one and one-and-one-quarter miles on Dunlap Hollow Road. Watch carefully for the sign, as access is somewhat rustic. Hiking, natue trails.

Prairie Moraine Park-This areas geologic history provides many opportunities for educational and recreational activities. The Johnstown Moraine runs through the northern portion of the site and is an important element of the Ice Age National Scenic Trail which runs along its narrow crest. This 160-acre park is ideal for viewing the moraine and provides an excellent area for interpretation of Wisconsin's glacial history. A portion of the park is also one of Dane County's dog exercise areas. The park offers both off-leash and on-leash areas for dogs. Dog owners and other visitors can enjoy the beautiful oak savanna. The entrance is reached by taking US Highway 18/151 to County Highway PB; the entrance is two miles south on County Highway PB. Hiking. 1970 Cty Hwy PB-Verona WI 53593

Riley-Deppe Park fronts on a millpond formed by the impoundment of the Maunesha River. The 34-acre park offers beautiful quiet areas for picnics or shoreline fishing. Facilities include a shallow boat launch, picnic shelter, and play equipment. Riley-Deppe is located just west of the Village of Marshall on SH 19. Picnic tables,picnic shelter, outhouses, playground, boat landing. 870 State Hwy 19-Marshall WI 53559

Schumacher Farm-Marcella Schumacher Pendall, daughter of early settlers on the land, donated Schumacher Farm to the County in 1978. This 117-acre site is an outdoor museum representing local farm life during the 1920s-30s, and feature a 10-acre prairie restoration, the farmstead with spacious and shady grounds, and related activities. The park is open year round during daylight hours for picnicking, strolling, cross country skiing and volunteer opportunities. The building and grounds may be reserved for social and professional gatherings. Programming and museum development are sponsored by the Friends of Schumacher Farms, and include heirloom gardening, educational field trips, prairie tours, old farm machinery restoration, building restorations, and special public events reminiscent of rural culture of that time period. Membership in the Friends is encouraged and open to all. For office hours or inquiries, and information on up-coming public events, contact the park office at (608) 849-4559 or check the kiosk near the farmhouse and barn. Schumacher Farm is located six miles north of Madison and one mile east of Waunakee on SH 19-113. Outhouses, hiking, nature trails. 5682 Hwy 19-Waunakee WI 53597

Stewart Park was established in 1935, making it the first County Park in Dane County. Within this 191-acre park is shimmering Stewart Lake, an artificial lake on spring-fed tributary of Blue Mound Creek. The lake offers a challenge for Trout and Bass fishing. Recreational facilities include picnic shelters, play equipment, and cross-country ski and hiking trails. Stewart Park can be reached by traveling north on County Highway JG from Main Street in the Village of Mt. Horeb. Gas motors are not allowed on Stewart Lake (electric motors permitted). Picnic tables, picnic shelter, outhouses, toilets, hiking, nature trails, cross-country skiing, playground, boat landing. 3106 Cty Hwy JG-Mt Horeb WI 53572

Token Creek Park entrance is located in the Town of Burke on US Highway 51 north of Madison. The 427-acre park is best known for its five shelter facilities and ample open space for large group picnics and outings. Recreational facilities include five volleyball courts, equestrian trails, miles of hiking and skiing trails, and a new 18-hole disc golf course. It also offers winter access to Dane County's 274 miles of snowmobile trails. Special facilities accommodate people with disabilities such as a fishing pier, two playgrounds and elevated boardwalk through a sedge meadow marsh. Token Creek Park also has a dog exercise area, group campground, and 38-unit campground with reservable sites, and 25-sites with electricity. Picnic tables, picnic shelters, toilets, tent sites,trailer sites, hiking, nature trails, cross-country skiing, volleball, playground. 6200 US Hwy 51-Deforest WI 53532

Viking Park-The Yahara River winds through Viking Park, separating the park from the surrounding countryside. Viking Park offers a small picnic shelter, a nature trail, dog exercise area, shoreline fishing, and ideal areas for family outings. This park also has a trail that connects the park to nearby Stoughton. The park can be reached by driving north on County Highway N from US Highway 51 in Stoughton. Picnic tables, picnic shelter,outhouses, hiking,nature trail, boat landing. 2525 County Hwy B-Stoughton WI 53589

Walking Iron Park is located just west of the Village of Mazomanie in the Town of Mazomanie. Walking Iron is reached by driving from US Highway 14, north on County Highway Y, then west on Hudson Road. The 288-acre site offers miles of hiking and bridle trails winding through restored prairies and wooded areas. During the winter, the park provides access to Dane County's snowmobile trails. Picnic tables, nature trails

Yahara Heights/Cherokee Marsh Natural Resource Site is located north of Madison and can be accessed via a parking lot located on the west side of SH 113 - County Highway M intersection off of River Road on Catfish Court. This 385-acre site was purchased for future park and open space needs and contains Cherokee Marsh, the largest remaining wetland in Dane County and the major wetland in Lake Mendota's Watershed. Yahara Heights Park consists of over 3,000 feet of water frontage within the upper Yahara basin, providing a wildlife habitat preserve, fish spawning grounds, and a water sedimentation area for Lake Mendota. The park contains a 20-acre pet exercise area and a canoe and kayak launch. Hiking, nature trails. Catfish Court-Waunakee WI 53597

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