Governor Nelson State Park

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 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.


5 mi. E of Middleton on County HWY M.


  • On Water
  • Disabled Access
  • Boating Services Available

Natural Attractions Type

  • Beaches
  • Parks, Forests, Trails


  • Yes

Adaptive Equipment Available

  • Yes

Cross-Country Skiing/Snowshoeing Trail Type

  • Tracked
  • Flat
  • Hilly
  • Open
  • Wooded


  • Yes

Fish Type

  • Blue Gill
  • Catfish
  • Coho Salmon
  • Crappie
  • Lake Trout
  • Musky
  • Northern Pike
  • Panfish
  • Rainbow Trout
  • Smallmouth Bass
  • Walleye

Trail Length (miles)

  • 8

Fishing style

  • Ice