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Dane County Parks

Facility Opening & Closing Schedule

This page lists schedules for facilities that open and close seasonally. For open restrooms, temporary park closures and current trail conditions, and camping/shelter reservations please click on the buttons below. If there is drinking water available onsite, it generally opens when the flush restrooms open. Reservations for the upcoming season (the following year) can be made starting November 1st following the close of campgrounds/shelters. If November 1st falls on a weekend then it will be the Monday following.

 

Campgrounds 2024

Name First Night of Camping Last Night of Camping
Babcock April 26, Friday October 6, Sunday
Brigham April 11, Thursday October 27, Sunday
Mendota: closing early for park improvements April 26, Friday September 1, Sunday
Token Creek April 26, Friday October 6, Sunday
William G. Lunney Lake Farm April 11, Thursday October 27, Sunday

 

Group Campsites 2024

Name First Night of Camping Last Night of Camping
Brigham Group Camp April 11, Thursday October 27, Sunday
Indian Lake Group Camp:  Usually open year-round: no water available 10/28/2023 through 5/2/2024 and CLOSED 4/15/2024 through 5/31/2024 due to WisDOT Hwy19 reconstruction.
McCarthy Group Camp April 26, Friday October 13, Sunday
McCarthy Equestrian Group Camp April 26, Friday October 13, Sunday
Scheidegger Forest Group Camp Open year-round: no water available
Token Creek Group Camp April 26, Friday October 6, Sunday
WG Lunney Lake Farm Group Camp April 11, Thursday October 27, Sunday

 

Shelters 2024

Name First Day Open Last Day Open
Badger Prairie May 3, Friday October 13, Sunday
Brigham May 3, Friday October 27, Sunday
CamRock May 3, Friday October 13, Sunday
Donald May 3, Friday October 27, Sunday
Festge May 3, Friday October 27, Sunday
Goodland May 3, Friday October 13, Sunday
Indian Lake: opening late for WisDOT Hwy 19 reconstruction May 31, Friday October 27, Sunday
Jenni & Kyle May 3, Friday October 6, Sunday
LaFollette May 3, Friday October 27, Sunday
Mendota: closing early for park improvements May 3, Friday September 2, Monday
McCarthy May 3, Friday October 6, Sunday
Scheidegger Forest May 3, Friday October 27, Sunday
Stewart Lake May 3, Friday October 6, Sunday
Token Creek May 3, Friday October 13, Sunday
William G. Lunney Lake Farm May 3, Friday October 13, Sunday

 

Boating Information 2023

Lake access piers will be put in April 28th or earlier and removed sometime after October 29th, weather permitting.

Name First Day Open Last Day Open
Lake Access Pier - Babcock ONLY OPEN weather dependent
Lake Access Piers - Other Dane County Park Sites (PDF) CLOSED CLOSED
SaniPumps (Tenney LockBridge Rd) April 28 October 29
Tenney Lock CLOSED - purchase permit online October 29


Boating Information 2024

Lake access piers will be put in April 26th or earlier and removed sometime after October 27th, weather permitting.

Name First Day Open Last Day Open
Lake Access Pier - Babcock ONLY April 26, Friday October 27, Sunday
Lake Access Piers - Other Dane County Park Sites (PDF) April 26, Friday October 27, Sunday
SaniPumps (Tenney LockBridge Rd) April 26, Friday October 27, Sunday
Tenney Lock April 26, Friday - purchase permit online October 27, Sunday

 

Other Activities 2023

Disc golf courses and equestrian trails will open April 21st or earlier and close sometime after November 5th, weather permitting.

Name Open Week of Last Day Open
Disc Golf at Capital Springs and Token Creek* OPEN November 19
Equestrian Trails* OPEN November 19
Mountain Biking* Open year-round - ride only when trails are open, view trail conditions

 *These activities/trails require a permit for users 16 years and older. Purchase a daily or annual permit online before you go!  Activities may open/close earlier/later, weather permitting. Portable toilets will be in place at park properties when facilities are shut down beginning mid-October through April.


Other Activities 2024

Disc golf courses and equestrian trails will open April 19th or earlier and close sometime after November 3rd, weather permitting.

Name Open Week of Last Day Open
Disc Golf at Capital Springs and Token Creek* April 19, Friday* November 3, Sunday*
Equestrian Trails* April 19, Friday* November 3, Sunday*
Mountain Biking* Open year-round - ride only when trails are open, view trail conditions

 *These activities/trails require a permit for users 16 years and older. Purchase a daily or annual permit online before you go!  Activities may open/close earlier/later, weather permitting. Portable toilets will be in place at park properties when facilities are shut down beginning mid-October through April.

 

Fish Cleaning Stations 2023

Name / Location Status
Babcock - Fish Cleaning Station Closed
Fish Camp - Fish Cleaning Station Closed
William G. Lunney Lake Farm - Fish Cleaning Station Closed


Fish Cleaning Stations 2024

Fish cleaning stations will open May3rd or earlier and close sometime after October 27th, weather permitting.

Name / Location First Day Open Last Day Open
Babcock - Fish Cleaning Station May 3, Friday October 27, Sunday
Fish Camp - Fish Cleaning Station May 3, Friday October 27, Sunday
William G. Lunney Lake Farm - Fish Cleaning Station May 3, Friday October 27, Sunday