The following shelters can be reserved for groups between 10:00 AM and 9:30 PM and available at the parks listed. Recreational equipment can be rented online or when you arrive at the park.
This park is located just east of the City of Verona at the intersection of County Highway PB and US Highway 18 and 151. It serves as the center of the Ice Age Trail Junction Area. The park has a shelter facility, play fields, mountain bike trails, a playground, a dog exercise area, and an aero-modeling field. The park also provides access to Military Ridge State Trail and a segment of the Ice Age National Scenic Trail.
Brigham County Park is located just northeast of the Village of Blue Mounds on County Highway F. This 232-acre park is named after Ebenezer Brigham, one of the first settlers in this area. The park provides a panoramic view of the Wisconsin River Valley. Park features also include a group camp area, a 25 unit rustic campground, two shelter facilities, picnic area, play equipment, and a nature trail through a maple woods.
|Shelter #1 ||8||Softball field with no backstop, playground equipment, volleyball, horseshoes||RESERVE|
|Shelter #2||12||Softball field with no backstop, playground equipment, volleyball, and horseshoes.||RESERVE|
CamRock County Park is located in eastern Dane County along the banks of the Koshkonong Creek, between the Village of Cambridge and the historic Village of Rockdale. This 422-acre park boasts three shelters, play equipment, hiking trails, a canoe/kayak launch, cross-country ski trails, a sledding hill (near shelter #3) and prairie restorations. There are also extensive mountain bike trails which are built and maintained by volunteers. For mountain bike trail conditions and information regarding closures, please visit www.madcitydirt.com.
Donald County Park is located in the Town of Springdale along two trout streams, Deer Creek and Frye Feeder, southeast of Mt. Horeb off Highway 92, just west of Mt. Vernon. The Donald/Woodburn family donated the original 105 acres for this park. The park has since grown to encompass 775 acres containing oak woods, intriguing rock outcroppings with scenic vistas and springs. Donald Park is also known for its trout streams; Deer Creek and Frye Feeder, and Mt. Vernon Creek. There is a small picnic area called Pop's Knoll developed through a generous donation from the Woodburn family and the efforts of the Friends of Donald Park. Hiking and equestrian trails are open. Please visit the Friends of Donald Park website for more information.
Festge County Park was established in 1963 after Otto and Evelyn Festge generously donated the original acreage for this park. It is located in the Driftless Area (unglaciated area) of Dane County and offers a scenic view 100 feet above the Black Earth Creek Valley in the Town of Berry -- one of the more spectacular views in the county. The park contains 155 acres of beautifully wooded parkland with hiking trails winding through a mature stand of hickory and oak trees. Other features include two shelter facilities, play equipment and shaded areas for family picnics. A natural history marker explains the area’s glacial geology. Future plans for Festge County Park include development as a trail link into the Ice Age National Scenic Trail system.
The park entrance is located on Scherbel Road, 1.5 miles west of the Village of Cross Plains and north of USH 14. Nearby Salmo Pond is adjacent to Black Earth Creek south of USH 14, and offers shoreline fishing, an accessible fishing pier and picnic areas.
Located on the west shore of Lake Waubesa, Goodland County Park is one of the oldest county parks. The park consists of partially wooded 15 acres containing 600 feet of shoreline. Facilities include two shelters, picnic areas, volleyball, tennis and basketball courts, a softball field, play equipment, boat launch and an unsupervised swimming area. DJs or live music are not allowed at Goodland shelters.
At 483 acres, Indian Lake is one of Dane County's largest parks. The main entrance to Indian Lake County Park is located in the town of Berry on SH 19 about two miles west of USH 12. A winding trail leads to a historic chapel built in 1857, located on a hilltop that provides a breath taking view of the lake and surrounding valley. A trail has been developed around the entire lake, and miles of cross-country ski and nature trails in the wooded hills provide many recreational opportunities and access to a log cabin warming house. The park also has a pet exercise area located adjacent to the small boat launch of USH 19 at the entrance on the west side of the lake. Boats using gas motors are prohibited on Indian Lake - electric motors are allowed.
Note that overnight camping at the group camp is available for official youth groups only.
The vision for the Jenni and Kyle Preserve began in 1989 with a donation from Harvey and Patricia Wilmeth. The donation was a memorial for their grandchildren, Jenni and Kyle, who both died at the age of 4 due to a degenerative neurological disorder. The Jenni and Kyle Preserve is a unique park that is intended to serve children and persons with disabilities, and provides accessible fishing and picnic areas, trails, wheelchair swings and a shelter building around two spring-fed ponds containing trout and panfish.
Special Park Rule: Fishing ponds are for children 14 years or younger and persons with permanent disabilities who might otherwise not be able to enjoy the sport of fishing.
Kiosk Displays (.pdfs)
LaFollette County Park is located on the eastern shore of Lake Kegonsa on the outlet of the Yahara River, just southeast of Lake Kegonsa State Park. It can be reached from US Highway 51 by traveling east on County Highway B for 1.5 miles and turning north on Williams Drive. At the north end of the park, shore fishing is available at the lock and dam and canoes can be launched below the lock and dam. Farther south on Williams Drive, the park offers shaded picnic areas including picnic tables, restrooms, a play area, and a reservable shelter.
The Park is a unit of the Capital Springs State Recreation Area, which also includes the Lewis Nine Springs E-Way and Capital City State Bike Trail. This 328-acre park has three shelter facilities, play equipment, a barrier-free boat launch with a fish cleaning facility, group camping area, wildlife pond, over-look tower, hiking and cross-country ski trails, and the Native American Archaeological Trail. The Lake Farm Park campground is fully accessible with 54 reservable sites including 39 electrical hook ups for RVs (50 amp), bathroom and shower facilities, and a sanitary dump station.
Mendota County Park is located off County Rd M near the intersection of County Rds Q and M in the Town of Westport. The park has a 30-unit campground and a 5-unit boat camping area Each site has a 30-amp electrical hook-up. Services include bathroom and shower facilities, and a dump station. Mendota County Park also offers two shelter facilities, unsupervised swimming area with an accessible swimming ramp, volleyball courts, play equipment and a shallow launch for small boats, kayaks and canoes. This park, located a few miles southwest of Governor Nelson State Park, is also a designated lake access site from December through March.
Please note: the RV dumpstation at Mendota County Park will be temporarily CLOSED Monday - Friday, September 26 - 30, 2016, for sanitary service upgrades.
Riley-Deppe County Park fronts a millpond formed by the impoundment of the Maunesha River. The 34 acre park offers beautiful quiet areas for picnics or shoreline fishing. Facilities include a shallow boat launch, one shelter facility, and play equipment. The millpond is for non-gas powered boats.
Scheidegger Forest is nearly 80 acres and offers a mile of loop of hiking trails, a reservable shelter, restroom, and drinking fountain. The area has been restored from a former Dane County Sheriff shooting range to a managed forest of primarily Oak and Hickory. The shelter, kiosk, and bathroom were all built from wood harvested onsite.
Stewart Lake County Park was established in 1935, making it the first County Park in Dane County. Within this 191-acre park is shimmering Stewart Lake, an artificial lake on spring-fed tributary of Blue Mound Creek. The lake offers a challenge for Trout and Bass fishing. Recreational facilities include picnic shelters, play equipment, and cross-country ski and hiking trails. Stewart Lake County Park can be reached by traveling north on County Highway JG from Main Street in the Village of Mt. Horeb. Gas motors are not allowed on Stewart Lake (electric motors permitted).
Click on the following link to view the presentation that was given at Mt. Horeb on Monday, March 30th, 2009 regarding the Stewart Lake dredging project.
The 427-acre park is best known for its five shelter facilities and ample open space for large group picnics and outings. Recreational facilities include five volleyball courts, equestrian trails, miles of hiking and cross country ski trails, a 27-hole disc golf course and a 43-unit campground, plus a group camp area. Special facilities accommodate people with disabilities such as a fishing pier, two playgrounds and an elevated boardwalk through a sedge meadow marsh. It also offers winter access to Dane County's 274 miles of snowmobile trails.
Viking County Park is located on the Yahara River downstream of Lake Kegonsa. The park has many accessible locations for shore fishing due to the extensive shoreline and convenient hiking and multi-use trails; fish species include panfish (primary) and largemouth bass, northern pike (secondary). In addition, the park offers a small reservable picnic shelter (non-electric), a fenced dog exercise area including two dog beaches, and ideal areas for family outings. Portions of the park, including the dog exercise area, are on peninsulas that extend into the Yahara River. This park also has a trail that connects the park to nearby City of Stoughton. The park can be reached by driving north on County Highway N from US Highway 51 in Stoughton.