Governor Nelson State Park

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Information: 608-831-3005
Toll Free: 888-936-7463
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A beautiful year round day-use State Park located on Lake Mendota where recreation and nature mingle within sight of the State Capitol. Effigy mounds can be seen on the Woodland Trail. Enjoy lakeshore picnic areas, sandy swimming beaches (No lifeguard on beach), bird watching, or ease into country solitude. Winter activities include 5.2 miles of cross country ski trails, snowshoeing, and ice fishing. Call park for pet rules or for shelter reservations. 4 stall boat landing. Has adaptive equipment available for people with mobility impairment including sit skis for cross country skiing. Redtail Hawk Trail, 1.03 miles & Oak Savanna Trail, 1.65 miles, both are moderate difficulty, Groomed for traditional and skate ski, no pets. Woodland Trail, 1.18 miles, hard difficulty, groomed traditional only, no pets. Morningside Trail, 1.31 miles, easy difficulty, portions groomed for traditional and skate ski, pets allowed, snowshoes and hiking allowed.

  • Features
    • Pets Welcome/Inquire
    • On Water
    • Boating Services Available
    • Disabled Access
  • Fishing style
    • Ice
    • Inland Lake / River
  • Trail Length (miles)
    • 5.2
  • Beach
    • Yes
  • Ski Skating
    • Yes
  • Natural Attractions Type
    • Beaches
    • Parks, Forests, Trails
    • Scenic Vistas
  • Cross-Country Skiing/Snowshoeing Trail Type
    • Groomed
    • Tracked
    • Flat
    • Hilly
    • Open
    • Wooded
  • Toilets
    • Yes
  • Snowshoeing
    • Yes
  • Shelter
    • Yes
  • Adaptive Equipment Available
    • Yes
  • Fish Type
    • Blue Gill
    • Catfish
    • Coho Salmon
    • Crappie
    • Lake Trout
    • Musky
    • Northern Pike
    • Panfish
    • Rainbow Trout
    • Smallmouth Bass
    • Walleye
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Eastside Winter Market 12/10/2022 - 12/11/2022 Madison - 12.81 miles away
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Jingle & Rock at Cave of the Mounds 12/10/2022 Blue Mounds - 16.08 miles away
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Jolly Holiday Craft & Vendor Fair 12/11/2022 Sun Prairie - 16.43 miles away

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Certified: (Req. 30 Points)

To be certified through Travel Green Wisconsin, all participants must achieve at least 30 points on the Travel Green Wisconsin Checklist. The more points a business attains, the greener they are in their operations.

Green Innovations

  • Literature is printed on recycled paper.
  • Replaced lighting with compact fluorescents.
  • Self-guided, woodland trail brochure has a return box for reuse.
  • Invasive species control is included in landscape restoration practices.
  • Domestic hot water heating system is solar.
  • Plastic dog waste bags were eliminated and replaced with biodegradable dog waste bags