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Dane County Parks

2022 Reservations/Permits Available November 1st at 7:45 a.m.

Make a Reservation / Purchase a Permit

For temporary park closures and trail conditions please visit our Closures & Trail Conditions webpage.

The Land & Water Resources Department and Dane County Parks Office is CLOSED to the public for walk-in business. Staff will be available to address phone calls and emails during typical office hours. Exceptions may be made by appointment only for select services but require calling in advance.

When exploring Dane County Parks, please wear a mask when 6-feet of physical distancing cannot be maintained from people that do not live in your household. Parks staff may refuse to provide services to groups that are not following PHMDC guidelines.

View COVID information on the Public Health Madison Dane County website.

Dane County Projects Open House - Public Information Meeting

Wisconsin Heights High School STEP room (directly in front of you when using main entrance)
Wednesday, November 3, 2021
5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Drop in anytime between 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. to talk with Dane County Land & Water Resources Department staff and project partners about upcoming projects for the Mazomanie area.  Topics include:

  • Walking Iron Trail/Great Sauk Trail/Wisconsin River bridge
  • Walking Iron Wildlife Area – large wetland restoration project
  • Walking Iron Park – natural area restoration update and timber harvest, Black Earth Creek Improvements, and general park updates

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 4 million visitors annually and manages over 17,000 acres of land, including:

  • 26 Recreation Parks (7 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