We hope you've enjoyed time out in the parks this summer, either by boat, bike or your own two feet! Each month, the Healthy Parks Healthy You initiative features four Dane County Parks on our partners' social media pages, so that our community can learn about the many special places that make up the County Parks system. In August, you can visit the StoryWalk featuring Listening with My Heart, by Gabi Garcia, at Mendota County Park.
If you visit any of the Dane County Parks in August, share a picture from your visit on Facebook or Instagram (make sure your post audience is set to 'public') by August 31st, using #HPHY or #HealthyParksHealthyYou for a chance to win a gift card!
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This 427-acre park is best known for its shelter facilities and open space for large picnics & outings. Recreational facilities include volleyball courts, equestrian trails, hiking and cross-country ski trails, a 27-hole disc golf course and a campground, with group camp area. Other features include an accessible fish pier, off-leash dog park, playgrounds and an elevated boardwalk.
Activities: Dog Park*, camping*, equestrian*, disk golf*, hiking, fishing, foraging, canoeing/kayaking
Story Walk: Miss Rumphius by Barbara Cooney (available until August 31)
This 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 featuring a clean beach treatment system.
Activities: Beach, lake access*, canoeing/kayaking, fishing
This 379-acre park offers many recreational opportunities including hunting, trapping, foraging, and wildlife observation. More than 3 miles of continuous public frontage of the Sugar River meanders through the property, with excellent trout fishing opportunities. Three parking lots and carry in canoe/kayak access landings are located on STH 69, Sunset Drive, and Paoli Road.
Activities: Hiking, fishing, canoeing/kayaking
This 292-acre Black Earth Creek Wildlife Area Sunnyside Unit is a public hunting area. Wetlands along Black Earth Creek and crop fields are the primary land cover south of the highway and steep wooded hills and crop lands lie to the north. This area offers the potential for excellent deer and turkey hunting.
Activities: Hiking, fishing, foraging
*Permit required. Dogs are allowed in Dane County Parks but they must have a permit and be leashed.