Parks

The following list contains the names of parks in Dane County that have reservable facilities.  Select a name from the list to learn more about that park and see the weekly availability of sites.  Additional information about the parks including images and features can be found on the Dane County Parks site.

Park Selection

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.

Sites Availability

Sites

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Group SiteOpenClosedClosedClosedClosedClosedClosed
Equestrian Group CampOpenClosedClosedClosedClosedClosedClosed

*Campsite available for walk-in self-registration only on a first-come first-served basis; reserving a campsite is not possible as this must be made a minimum of 5 days before the first day of reservation. Shelter available for walk-in use only on a first-come first-served basis; reserving a shelter is not possible as this must be made a minimum of 2 days before the first day of reservation