Natural Resource Areas

Natural Resource Areas are lands set aside for the protection of a valuable natural environment. Lands are open to the public year-round for hiking, fishing, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, wildlife observation, nut, berry and mushroom picking and nature study. However, there are not typically any designated trails or parking areas at the sites. Hunting and trapping is prohibited unless it is allowed by a Dane County Deer & Turkey Archery Permit or within a designated Dane County Parks Wildlife Area. Dogs must be leashed at all times and have a permit. Additional recreation uses may be established by a future property master plan. Prohibited uses include the use of motorized vehicles, bicycling, horseback riding, camping and off-leash dog walking.

Facilities such as parking areas, restrooms or trash receptacles are not typically provided at natural resource areas. Visitors can park along the road for walk-in access or at designated parking areas, if provided. All trash must be carried out.

Some lands are leased for crop production to help control invasive plant species until the area is restored to its native habitat. User should be respectful of this by not damaging the crops or disrupting any farming activities. Sustainable forestry practices may also occur on the lands.

Natural Resource Area Property Maps