Ice Fishing

Enjoy this Popular Activity on the Yahara Chain-of-Lakes

Ice FishingA Dane County Lake Access permit is required to access the lakes at an improved lake access site.  Permits are available at lake access sites, online or by calling the Parks Office at 608-224-3730.

Lake Access Sites and locations that sell Lake Access Permits:

Dane County Parks owns and operates a lake access site on Upper Mud Lake - 4020 Terminal Drive, McFarland, 53558. The lake access site is open year-round but was developed primarily to provide ice fishing access. A lake access permit is required but is only enforced during winter months. The site provides walk-in access to the lake and adjacent public lands; ATVs and other motorized vehicles for access to the lake/ice or public land are prohibited year-round. Portable toilets and waste collection are provided during winter months only.

A permit is also required if accessing Lake Mendota at Mendota County Park for ice fishing.

For more information on ice fishing and ice conditions: