Enjoy this popular activity on the Yahara chain of lakes. A 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.
STAY SAFE: Dane County Parks does not monitor ice conditions or the thickness of the ice so be sure to check ice conditions before heading out.
Lake Access Sites and locations that sell Lake Access Permits are listed in our Lake Access Permit Brochure (PDF).
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.