Use of campgrounds and shelters is restricted and services are limited. Please read the following changes for camping and shelter use before making a reservation.

Group Campsites

Group campsites are reserved for large groups and available at the parks listed below. Campers are allowed to have their dog(s) in the campground but they must be on leash at all times.

Group Camp Fees 

Youth groups– chaperoned and organized

  • Up to 25 campers............................... $ 50.00
  • 26 – 50 campers................................. $ 75.00
  •  Larger groups - contact Park Office for Special Event pricing.  


Adult & family groups

  • Up to 25 campers............................... $ 65.00
  • 26 – 50 campers................................. $ 90.00
  • Larger groups - contact Park Office for Special Event pricing. 


Brigham County Park


Due to the prevalence of COVID-19 in Dane County, the campground at Brigham County Park is CLOSED.

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 include a group camp area (open year-round, no water in winter), a 23 unit rustic campground (open year-round, no water in winter), two shelter facilities, picnic area, play equipment, nature trail through a maple woods, and hiking trails that connect to Blue Mounds State Park. The Brigham Trail, a 1.3 mile paved shared-use trail, also goes through the park and connects to the Military Ridge State Trail and Cave of the Mounds National Natural Landmark. Shelter #2 is a timber frame structure that was built in 2015 with wood from trees that were harvested at Dane County Parks properties. Across from Brigham County Park is the County’s 107-acre Blue Mounds Wildlife Area that offers public hunting opportunities and other activities such as hiking, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing (ungroomed trails), and wildlife observation.


Indian Lake County Park


At 483 acres, Indian Lake County Park is one of Dane County's largest parks.  The main entrance is located on STH 19 about two miles west of USH 12. A winding trail leads to a historic chapel built in 1857, located on a hilltop with a breathtaking view of the lake and surrounding valley. Trails provide access around the entire lake, offering many recreational opportunities including access to a log cabin warming house. The park also has an unfenced dog park located adjacent to the small boat launch on the west side of the lake.  Please note that boats using gas motors are prohibited on Indian Lake - electric motors are allowed.

Group SiteYouth groups onlyRESERVE

McCarthy Youth & Conservation County Park


The vision for McCarthy Youth and Conservation Park began in 1974 with a donation of 180 acres of land that was owned by Russell and Ella McCarthy.  The McCarthys’ primary goal was for the park to become “a place where kids from the city could learn about nature.”  The park offers a group camp, hiking, cross-country skiing, equestrian trails and camping, picnic opportunities, and a beautiful prairie/wetland restoration.

Friends of McCarthy Park volunteers organize youth service days and recreation activities, as well as assist in the planning efforts and restoration of the land.
Please visit the Friends of McCarthy website for more information.

Equestrian Group CampParking available for horse trailers; no bathroom or shelter at site, but bathroom available at park.RESERVE

Scheidegger Forest

WebsitePark Map

Scheidegger Forest is nearly 80 acres and offers a mile of loop of hiking trails, a reservable shelter, and restroom. 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 on-site.  Water is not available at this site.


Token Creek County Park


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.  Other popular features include an accessible fish pier, two dog parks (one for small dogs), two playgrounds and an elevated boardwalk through a sedge meadow marsh.  The park also offers winter access to Dane County's 274 miles of snowmobile trails.


William G. Lunney Lake Farm County Park


Important Notice to Lake Farm Group Camp Users:
Motorists using the Lower Yahara River Trail to access the Lake Farm Group Camp should know that pedestrians and bicycles using the trail have the right of way. Extreme caution must be exercised when encountering bicycles and pedestrians on the path. Motorists on the trail must adhere to the following guidelines:
1) Do not pass moving bicycles or pedestrians unless they specifically yield by moving off the trail.
2) Do not cross the center line. Keep as far to the right side of the trail as possible, the majority of the trail has gravel shoulders suitable for vehicle traffic.
3) Always yield to pedestrians and bicycles.

In June 2019, Lake Farm County Park was renamed by county board resolution to William G. Lunney Lake Farm County Park in honor of William (Bill) G. Lunney.  Bill served in County government for fifty years, including 30 years as chair of the Dane County Park Commission.  The 328-acre park is a unit of the Capital Springs Recreation Area and has a campground, three shelter facilities, play equipment, barrier-free boat launch (with a fish cleaning facility), group camping area, wildlife pond, observation tower, hiking and cross-country ski trails.

Two paved bicycle/pedestrian trails go through the park including:

The campground has 54 reservable sites (two fully accessible), including 39 electrical hook ups for RVs (50 amp), bathroom and shower facilities, wi-fi, and a sanitary dump station.

Shelter #2 Update
Starting in 2020, reservation priority will be given for reserved Special Events including water-related events such as fishing tournaments to use this facility.  Shelter #2 has improvements designed to support water-related events including accessible water access, a large mooring pier, water and electrical hookups.  Reservations for Special Events will be accepted from November 1, 2019 through January 31, 2020.  General reservations will be available beginning Monday, February 3, 2020.