Dane County lakes, rivers, and streams offer abundant opportunities for boating, fishing and paddling adventures. Facilities range from modern, paved boat landing areas with fish cleaning stations to secluded canoe and kayak launches. A Lake Access Permit is required year-round to park at all Madison, Monona, and Dane County improved lake access sites, Mendota County Park, and Upper Mud Lake. A daily or annual permit may be purchased online. Click on the buttons below to learn more about each item.
As you enjoy these waters through boating and fishing, you can do your part to prevent the spread of harmful aquatic invasive species. Visit our Invasive Species Management webpage for more information.
Sanitary boat pumping stations are available at no charge from May through October (weather permitting) at: