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Dane County Parks

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During the fall hunting season we recommend that anyone venturing outdoors wear brightly colored clothing. Gun hunting is ONLY allowed in designated Wildlife Areas. Be seen, be safe!

Piers have been removed from all Dane County Lake Access sites, except Babcock County Park.  All equestrian trails are CLOSED.  Disc golf baskets have been removed for the 2020 season.  Visit our Opening/Closing Schedule for a list of opening/closing information.

2021 Campsite/Shelter Reservations and Park Permits are available for purchase online.  Due to a change in software all users MUST create a brand new account even if you had an account set up in our previous system.

Effective Wednesday, March 18, 2020, the Land & Water Resources Department and Dane County Parks Office will be CLOSED to the public for walk-in business due to COVID-19 virus precautionary measures. Staff will be available to address phone calls and emails during typical office hours. Some limited exceptions may be made by appointment only for select services but these will require calling in advance.

Please do your part to help keep Dane County Parks open - practice physical distancing, keep dogs on leashes in on-leash areas, and do not litter/vandalize. Visit our Parks Changes and Updates Due to COVID-19 webpage for a full list of Park updates due to the prevalence of COVID-19 in Dane County. The document includes information about the following:

  • steps you can take to limit your exposure to COVID-19 while at the parks
  • park facility and activity opening dates
  • how you can volunteer individually out in our parks during this time
  • and more
  • Due to COVID-19, changes to camping and shelter reservations have been implemented. Check the Facility Opening & Closing Schedule for up-to-date status on park facilities including restrooms and fish cleaning stations. 

  • Fish Lake County Park is CLOSED (no access) due to flooding.

  • Lussier County Park Boat Launch has limited access due to flooding on Fish Lake.

  • Silverwood County Park Sweet/Rice Lake Access Parking Lot (Hwy 106) is CLOSED due to flooding.

Dane County Parks

Located in south-central Wisconsin, Dane County Parks offers a variety of recreational opportunities for users to enjoy the outdoors. Natural settings provide scenic getaways as well as unique locations for your special event. Dane County Parks is dedicated to making your experience enjoyable and takes an active role to enhance and preserve the county’s finest natural resources. 

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Dane County Parks welcomes nearly 3 million visitors annually and manages over 12,000 acres of land, including: