Activities Requiring Permits

Permits are required for the following activities:

  • Aeromodeling Field Use
  • Disc Golf Course Use
  • Having a Dog in the County Park System or Off-leash Dog Park (note that all camper reservations/registrations will now automatically include a daily dog permit good for the duration of the stay)
  • Lake Access Parking Lots (parking or loading/unloading a boat)
  • Tenney Lock Passage
  • Trail Use for Horse, Mt. Bike, Ski Trails
  • Biking or Inline Skating on the Capital City Trail

In addition, written permits are required for the following activities:

  • Public meetings, assemblies, tournaments, entertainment.
  • Exclusive use of facilities (shelters and Lussier Family Heritage Center).
  • Selling or offering for sale anything in the park.
  • Landing aircraft or dropping any objects from the air.
  • Mooring a boat for more than two days.
  • Possessing or drinking alcoholic beverages.
  • After hours use of the parks (10 pm - 5 am, unless otherwise posted, for non-camping visitors)
  • Any special event.

Other activities including metal detecting and geocaching may be allowed in certain areas by permit only.  Snowshoeing does not require a permit and is allowed throughout Dane County Parks except on designated cross-county ski trails.  On-leash dogs with permits are welcome to accompany snowshoers.  Limited access archery hunting permits are offered through a computer-generated lottery drawing.

Contact the Dane County Parks Office at 608-224-3730 for more information.