Terms & Conditions

Parks are open 5:00 am–10:00 pm daily, unless otherwise posted, for non-camping visitors. 
Firewood that originates outside of Dane County is NOT allowed in the parks, please visit our Firewood Regulations webpage for more information.

Pets

  1. Dogs require a permit to be in a County park.  All camping reservations/registrations will now automatically include a daily dog permit good for the duration of the stay.
  2. Dogs must be on a leash of not more than six feet and kept under control, unless in a designated off-leash area.
  3. No pets are allowed in waters designated as beach areas.
  4. Horses are allowed on designated horse trails only and must be kept under control.
  5. Pets are not allowed on ski trails during the ski season.

Personal Conduct

  1. No noisy, drunken, or disorderly person shall be permitted to remain in the park.
  2. It is illegal to deface, destroy or vandalize any park property or natural growth.
  3. All controlled substances and paraphernalia, identified in Chapter 161, WI State Statutes, shall be prohibited from use or possession.

Vehicles

  1. A permit is required for vehicles parked outside of the campsite area.
  2. Vehicles are restricted to designated roadways, parking areas, and authorized campsites.
  3. Vehicles must abide by state laws and operate at the posted speed limit within the park.

Refuse

  1. No commercial or household waste is allowed.
  2. All litter, debris, and trailer refuse must be removed or placed in areas or containers provided.

All regulations listed in Chapter 53, Dane County Ordinances, shall apply. For more information call 608- 224-3730.

All annual permits are valid from January 1st through December 31st with the exception of Lake Access, which is valid from January 1st through March 31st of the following year.  Replacement permits are available at a lower fee than for lost annual permits.  Lost State Trails permits must be replaced at full value.

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Thank you for your interest in Dane County Parks.  We take pride in the services we deliver and appreciate your feedback on how we can better serve you.
Phone:  608-224-3730 or Email:  dane-parks@countyofdane.com.

Park Hours - Dane County Parks are open from 5 am to 10 pm each day, unless otherwise posted, for non-camping visitors.

 

Camping and Shelter Reservations

Camping and Shelter fees must be paid prior to use of a Park facility. Please visit our fees webpage for more information.

Campsites

All campsite reservations must be made at least 5 days in advance. Campsite reservations require a minimum two-night stay and sites may be occupied up to 14 days. Most campsites at Babcock, Brigham, Mendota, and Token Creek County Parks are reservable. A few campsites are for walk-in registrations. Lake Farm County Park has the only campground where all sites are reservable.

Shelters

Shelter reservations must be made at least 2 days in advance. Due to limited parking availability, groups exceeding 100 people at Brigham, Goodland, or Mendota County Parks must reserve both shelters.

Please Note: To reserve shelters for groups over 150 people, you must contact the Parks office at 608-224-3730.

A staff cell phone number will be included with the reservation card posted at the shelter. Please feel free to contact staff with questions or problems.
Cancellation Policy

Rules and Regulations – Camping/Shelters/Permits

Camping
View our campground rules.

Shelters

  1. When making a shelter reservation, please have the following information:
  • Arrival date, park and shelter number
  • Number of people who will attend
  • If there will be special needs and accommodations such as a tent or catering, porta-potties, extra trash containers, etc. (some events require a Certificate of Insurance to cover certain activities)
  • If alcohol will be consumed by and your group contains 25 or more people.
  • If amplified music will be played
  • Type of event (family reunion, work picnic, wedding reception etc)
  1. A shelter reservation entitles your group to exclusive use of the designated shelter building and immediate area. The general public may use the restrooms. Other facilities such as ball diamonds, play areas, horseshoe pits, and tennis courts are for use on a first-come first-served basis with a one hour time limit if another group or individual is waiting. Shelters must be vacated by 9 :30 pm.
  2. An Alcohol Beverage Permit is required for all gatherings of 25 or more people where alcohol is being consumed and may be obtained from the Parks Office, Park Manager, or Ranger on duty. Permits may only be obtained by persons age 21 or over.
  3. Shelter hours are from 10 am until 9:30 pm. The park closes at 10 pm. Trash containers will be provided and additional garbage bags or containers are available by contacting the Park Manager. Please put all trash in appropriate containers.
  4. Law enforcement problems should be reported to the park staff or to the Dane County Sheriff Dept. Call (608) 255-2345 for non-emergencies and 911 for emergencies.
  5. Amplified music such as DJs or a live bands are allowed with permission at Dane County Parks EXCEPT at Mendota and Goodland
    parks. Please contact the Parks office with questions.
  6. Dogs are not allowed in shelter facilities, only on the surrounding areas with a permit.
  7. No commercial or household waste is allowed; all trash must be removed from the park or deposited in appropriate containers

Permits
Written permits from the Dane County Parks office are required for:

  1. Public meetings, assemblies, tournaments, entertainment.
  2. Exclusive use of facilities (shelters).
  3. Selling or offering for sale anything in the park.
  4. Landing aircraft or dropping any objects from the air.
  5. Mooring a boat for more than two days.
  6. Possessing or drinking alcoholic beverages (see Reminder #4 above).
  7. Camping.
  8. Use of designated year round Lake Access sites at selected parks.
  9. Passage through Tenney Lock.
  10. After-hours use of the parks.
  11. Use of the Disc Golf courses.
  12. The use of amplification devices.
  13. Having a dog in any park.
  14. Use of bike, horse, and ski trails in County parks.
  15. Any special event.

The following rules apply to all Dane County Parks, Natural Resource Areas, and Wildlife Areas

Noise and Personal Conduct

The use of any sound amplification device, loudspeaker, generator, or other device that produces excessively loud or unusual noise is strictly prohibited, unless a permit has been obtained and it is allowed on a particular property.

  1. No noisy, drunken, or disorderly person shall be permitted to remain on Dane County property.
  2. It is illegal to deface, destroy or vandalize any county property or natural growth.
  3. All controlled substances and paraphernalia, identified in Chapter 161, WI State Statutes, shall be prohibited from use or possession.

Pets

  1. Dogs require a permit to be in a County park unless with a registered camper.
  2. Dogs (with the exception of service dogs) are not allowed in any county facility, including shelters.
  3. Dogs must be on a leash of not more than six feet and kept under control.
  4. No pets are allowed in waters designated as beach areas.
  5. Horses are allowed on designated horse trails only and must be kept under control.
  6. Dogs are not allowed on groomed ski trails during the ski season.

Vehicles

  1. A permit is required for vehicles parked overnight on county property.
  2. Vehicles are restricted to designated roadways, parking areas, and authorized campsites.
  3. Vehicles must abide by state laws and operate at the posted speed limit within the park.

Refuse

  1. No household garbage is allowed in the parks.
  2. All litter, debris, and trailer refuse must be placed in containers provided.

All regulations listed in Chapter 53, Dane County Ordinances, shall apply. For more information call 608- 224-3730.

Tents/Special Equipment - chairs, tables, play equipment

Installing tents or other structures that are larger than 12' x 12' and require stakes or pins to be driven into the ground more than six inches will be charged an additional fee to cover the marking of underground utilities. A certificate of insurance may be required when bringing additional equipment into a park.
Please call 608-224-3730 for more information.