Welcome to Dane County Parks

Equestrian Trails at McCarthy County Park

Due to unfavorable trail conditions,  equestrian trails at McCarthy County Park are CLOSED until further notice. 

2016 Parks Opening and Closing Schedule

Opening and Closing Schedules for campgrounds, shelters, lake access, trails and other activites can be found HERE

Mountain Bike Trail Conditions

Current mountain bike trail conditions can be found at HERE.

Volunteer for Fall Prairie Seed Collection

Experience the beauty of prairie plants up close, learn about the species and help collect seed for future prairie plantings. 

Please contact us for more information: Lars Higdon (608) 245-6898; or Rhea Stangel-Maier (608) 224-3601

Located in south-central Wisconsin, Dane County Parks offers a variety of recreational opportunities for the outdoor enthusiast.  Natural environments are venues for quiet 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.

Dane County Parks welcomes 2.5 million visitors annually and manages
over 12,000 acres of land including:
Donations, Memorials and Planned Giving:

Your tax-deductible donation will help us continue to maintain and improve the Dane County Park System. A variety of donation and memorial options are available.