Swimming & Beaches
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Dane County Parks offers three beaches that visitors can enjoy for free. Please note there are no lifeguards at these beaches. Check to see if the beach is open before you go by clicking the button below to access the Public Health Madison and Dane County website. Their website contains up-to-date information beach conditions including water quality data and beach closings.
Check Before You Go
- Goodland County Park beach is located on western shore of Lake Waubesa and uses the Clean Beach Treatment System*
- Mendota County Park beach is located on the northwest part of Lake Mendota and uses the Clean Beach Treatment System*
- Stewart Lake County Park beach offers a secluded lake, sandy beach and swimming area with a nearby picnic shelter, play equipment, and hiking trails.
*Clean Beach Treatment System
The Dane County Clean Beach Treatment System (PDF) use a flexible curtain and chemical-free water treatment process to create a safe swimming area with clear, beautiful, algae-free water. This helps minimizes beach closings due to algae and E. coli.
This treatment system allows visitors to enjoy the lakes right now, while Dane County and other partners work to improve the water quality of the Yahara chain of lakes through long-term projects.