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Dane County Parks

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Applications for the 2024 Limited Access Archery Permit Lottery will be accepted online from Monday, July 8, 2024 through Monday, August 12, 2024 at 11:59 p.m. Late applications will not be accepted. Visit our Archery Permit Lottery webpage for more information.

Dane County Parks has started the planning process to solicit input on the 2025-2030 plan. Public feedback is important and will help shape the future of Dane County Parks.

Visit our Parks & Open Space Plan webpage to learn more.

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 activities and special events. 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. Dane County Parks is a division of the Dane County Land & Water Resources Department.


Dane County Parks welcomes nearly 5 million visitors annually and manages over 18,000 acres of land, including:

  • 25 Recreation Parks (including 8 Dog Parks)
  • 20 Wildlife Areas
  • 14 Natural Resource Areas
  • 4 Historical or Cultural Sites
  • 2 Forests
  • Over 100 miles of trails (bike, equestrian and cross-country ski trails)
  • Over 3,000 acres of conservation and streambank easements
  • 5 campgrounds and multiple adult and youth group camping sites
  • Lussier Family Heritage Center