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Dane County Parks

2023 Reservations/Permits - Now Available

Make a Reservation / Purchase a Permit

Gun deer season is Saturday, Nov 19 - Sunday, Nov 27, 2022. During the fall hunting season we recommend that anyone venturing outdoors wear blaze orange or other brightly colored clothing. Gun hunting is ONLY allowed in designated Wildlife Areas.

Visit our Hunting and Public Use During Hunting Season webpages for more information. Be seen, be safe!

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 4 million visitors annually and manages over 17,000 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