Winter Trail Conditions

Welcome Spring!. Photo courtesy of Ron Lutz II

All Dane County Snowmobile trails are currently CLOSED 

A State DNR Snowmobile Trail Pass is required to ride on the trail system.
Snowmobilers must remain on designated marked trails and should be cautious near area lakes and streams.

Visit our  Snowmobile page for a current Dane County snowmobile trail map and other useful information.
Our Cross-Country Ski page contains Dane County cross-country ski trail maps and additional resources.

Snowshoeing is allowed in all parks EXCEPT on groomed cross-country ski trails.
There are designated snowshoe trails at the following Dane County parks/properties:
Capital Springs Recreation Area (disc golf course), Token Creek (disc golf course), Brigham, CamRock, Donald, Festge, Halfway Prairie Wildlife Area, Ice Age Trail (IAT) Junction Area, McCarthy, Scheidegger Forest, Springfield Hill IAT, Stewart Lake, Viking, and Walking Iron.

Sledding is available at Indian Lake County Park, Lake View Hill Park and CamRock County Park.

Cross-Country Ski Trails - As of 02-21-2016, all County cross-country ski trails are open and reported in poor condition. Reconditoning will not occur until at least 3 inches of snow has fallen. The E-Way has not been groomed due to wet conditions.  Grooming requires at least a 4-inch snow base and consistent below-freezing temperatures. For the first few snow falls, Dane County Parks recommends people ski on our designated ski trails to help pack down the base. Trail conditions will be updated as reports come in.    Please see chart below.

Ski trail permits are required for all skiers 16 years and older. Permits available on-line or at the trail head.
Our Cross-Country Ski page contains Dane County cross-country ski trail maps and additional resources.

 


CURRENT STATUS OF DANE COUNTY CROSS-COUNTRY SKI TRAILS:

Park

Date Groomed

Condition

CamRock

 

March 1st  2"-3" New Snow

Indian Lake

March 2, 2016

2” -4” New Snow 

Tried to groom – hills were too icy. Pulled off early AM on March 2. Skiers will set their own track.

 

 

Lake Farm/
E-Way

 

2"-3" New Snow

McCarthy

 

2"-3" New Snow

Token Creek

 

 

2"-3" New Snow

Please provide feedback on current trail conditions at dane-parks@countyofdane.com

 

Year-Round Activities

Year-round recreational opportunities abound throughout the Dane County Park System. Whether you enjoy fast-paced physical fun or quiet enjoyment, Dane County Parks offer you countywide locations for quick get-aways from urban settings and offer custom-built recreational facilities amid splendid natural beauty. Imagine all you can do year-round throughout the Dane County Park System.

Winter can be one of the most exciting times of the year. Miles of specially groomed trails winding through dense woodlands, rolling hills and open meadows provide snowmobilers or cross-country skiers with boundless views and ideal conditions. Smooth, white blankets of snow contrast with the diversity of structural shapes, bark colors and textures of trees and shrubbery. Winter is an ideal time for following animal tracks in freshly fallen snow, for quiet walks, ice fishing, or observing winter birds, wildlife and plants. Contact the County Park Office for additional information on winter programs.

Spring reveals to nature lovers the wonders of new life uncovered from the melting blanket of white. Colorful blooming buds and wildflowers, bright green leaf blades poking up through wetland, woods and prairie floors, and the sounds of songbirds marched with warming winds and waters add to the total delight of springtime in the parks.

Summer seems to bring out the best in everything. Dane County parks provide areas for fast-paced volleyball, basketball, softball, horseshoes and tennis as well as quiet areas for picnics, crackling campfires, fishing and hiking. Whether you come to enjoy the happy sounds and smells of picnics or parties or prefer to focus on the sights and sounds of birds, insects or vegetation along shorelines, winding trails or a wetland boardwalk, you'll find ideal settings amid the natural beauty of the parks.

Fall means brilliant colors in Dane County skies, waters, forests and fields. Bright orange, white, yellow, purple, red and bluish-black berries abound. Scampering animals harvest the ripened berries, nuts and seeds among quietly drying grasses, plant stalks and newly fallen leaves. Grand overlooks from bluffs or observatory towers reveal broad, colorful views of Wisconsin landscapes. What a perfect time to inhale nature's beauty and what perfect places...Dane County Parks!

Dane County's Commitment

Dane County continues to improve its facilities to provide access for everyone. We strive to go above and beyond the requirements mandated by the Americans With Disabilities Act to make park and natural areas a joy for all. Special facilities include a boardwalk through wetland marshes at Token Creek County Park, and the Lewis Nine Springs Eway. Accessible fishing piers are available at Babcock, Fish Camp, Salmo Pond, Token Creek and Stewart Lake County Parks. A special fishing area at the Jenni and Kyle Preserve is available for the exclusive use of children and people with disabilities. Call the Dane County Parks Division office at (608)224-3730 for more information about the many fully accessible facilities in our park system.

Special Recognition

The Dane County Park Commission gives special recognition to the following people who generously donated land to the Dane County Park System:

Otto Festge, John Holtzman, Phillip & Isabel LaFollette, Russell & Ella McCarthy, Marcella Pendall, The Donald/Woodburn Family, The Wrolstad Family