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.
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 also include a group camp area, a 25 unit rustic campground, two shelter facilities, picnic area, play equipment, and a nature trail through a maple woods.
At 483 acres, Indian Lake is one of Dane County's largest parks. The main entrance to Indian Lake County Park is located in the town of Berry on SH 19 about two miles west of USH 12. A winding trail leads to a historic chapel built in 1857, located on a hilltop that provides a breath taking view of the lake and surrounding valley. A trail has been developed around the entire lake, and miles of cross-country ski and nature trails in the wooded hills provide many recreational opportunities and access to a log cabin warming house. The park also has a pet exercise area located adjacent to the small boat launch of USH 19 at the entrance on the west side of the lake. Boats using gas motors are prohibited on Indian Lake - electric motors are allowed.
Note that overnight camping at the group camp is available for official youth groups only.
The Park is a unit of the Capital Springs State Recreation Area, which also includes the Lewis Nine Springs E-Way and Capital City State Bike Trail. This 328-acre park has three shelter facilities, play equipment, a barrier-free boat launch with a fish cleaning facility, group camping area, wildlife pond, over-look tower, hiking and cross-country ski trails, and the Native American Archaeological Trail. The Lake Farm Park campground is fully accessible with 54 reservable sites including 39 electrical hook ups for RVs (50 amp), bathroom and shower facilities, and a sanitary dump station.
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.
Scheidegger Forest is nearly 80 acres and offers a mile of loop of hiking trails, a reservable shelter, restroom, and drinking fountain. 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 onsite.
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.