Terms and Conditions

Thank you for your interest in Dane County Parks. We take pride in the services we deliver, so please let us know how we may assist you.


Payment is required at the time of reservation.

CampsitesAll campsite reservations must be made at least 5 days in advance. Campsite reservations require a minimum two-night stay and sites may be occupied up to 14 days.

80% of all campsites at Babcock, Brigham, Mendota, and Token Creek County Parks are reservable.  20% of all campsites are for walk-in registrations. Lake Farm County Park has the only campground where all sites are reservable.

Shelters: Shelter reservations must be made at least 2 days in advance

Due to limited parking availability, groups exceeding 100 people at Brigham, Goodland, or Mendota County Parks must reserve both shelters. 

To reserve shelters for groups over 200 people, you must contact the Parks office at 608-224-3730.

A staff cell phone number will be included with the reservation card posted at the shelter. Please do not hesitate to contact staff with questions or problems.


Camping Fees-  A refund will be given, minus a $25 cancellation fee, when a cancellation is received at least 24 hours in advance of the camping reservation. Camping reservations start at 3:00 p.m. Central Standard Time. The refund will be credited to the credit/debit card used to place the reservation. 

 Shelter Fees A refund will be given, minus a $25 cancellation fee, when a cancellation is received at least 30 days prior to reservation.  The refund will be credited to the credit/debit card used to place the reservation.  No refund will be given if the cancellation is within 30 days of the event.

Refunds will not be given due to inclement weather.  

To request a refund, please call 608-224-3730.  Requests may also be made in writing and mailed to Dane County Parks, 5201 Fen Oak Dr, #208, Madison WI  53718, or emailed to dane-parks@co.dane.wi.us.  Please include your name, address, phone number, dates of reservation, and park name.



  1. When making a shelter reservation, please have the following information:
    • arrival date, park and shelter number
    • number of people who will attend
    • if there will be special needs and accommodations such as a tent or catering, porta-potties, extra trash containers, etc. (some events require a Certificate of Insurance to cover certain activities)
    • if alcohol will be consumed by and your group contains 25 or more people.
    • if amplified music will be played
    • type of event (family reunion, work picnic, wedding reception etc)
  2. A shelter reservation entitles your group to exclusive use of the designated shelter building and immediate area. The general public may use the restrooms. Other facilities such as ball diamonds, play areas, horseshoe pits, and tennis courts are for use on a first-come first-served basis with a one hour time limit if another group or individual is waiting.  Shelters must be vacated by 9 :30pm.
  3. A camping reservation gives you access to a campsite from 3:00pm the day of arrival until 3:00pm the day of departure. You must take occupancy of the site the first evening of the reservation. See Camping Rules.
  4. An Alcohol Beverage Permit is required for all gatherings of 25 or more people where alcohol is being consumed and may be obtained from the Parks Office, Park Manager, or Ranger on duty. Permits may only be obtained by persons age 21 or over.
  5. Shelter hours are from 10:00am until 9:30pm. The park closes at 10:00pm.  Trash containers will be provided and additional garbage bags or containers are available by contacting the Park Manager. Please put all trash in appropriate containers.
  6. Law enforcement problems should be reported to the park staff or to the Dane County Sheriff Dept. Call (608) 255-2345 for non-emergencies and 911 for emergencies.
  7. Amplified music is allowed with permission EXCEPT at Mendota and Goodland parks. Check to see if music is allowed. Rules vary by park.

Rules and Guidelines

  1. Firewood that originates outside of Dane County is NOT allowed in the parks

2.       Parks are open 5:00am–10:00pm daily

3.       All dog owners must purchase a dog permit to bring dog(s) into a county park.  All dogs must be on a leash unless they are within a designated off-leash area

4.       Vehicles are restricted to designated roadways and parking areas 

5.       No commercial or household waste is allowed; all trash must be removed from the park or deposited in appropriate containers

6.       Permits are required for the cross-country skiing, biking, horse, and mountain bike trails

8.       Camping  and shelter reservations must be made at least 5 days ahead of the arrival date.


Written permits are required from the Dane County Parks Office for:

  1. Public meetings, assemblies, tournaments, entertainment.
  2. Exclusive use of facilities (shelters).
  3. Selling or offering for sale anything in the park.
  4. Landing aircraft or dropping any objects from the air.
  5. Mooring a boat for more than two days.
  6. Possessing or drinking alcoholic beverages (see Reminder #4 above).
  7. Camping.
  8. Use of designated year round Lake Access sites at selected parks.
  9. Passage through Tenney Lock. 
  10. After hours use of the parks.
  11. Use of the Disc Golf Courses.
  12. The use of amplification devices.
  13. Having a dog in any park.
  14. Use of bike, horse, and ski trails in County parks.
  15. Any special event.

Park Hours

Dane County Parks are open from 5:00am to 10:00pm each day, unless otherwise posted, for non-camping visitors.



The use of any sound amplification device, loudspeaker, generator, or other device that produces excessively loud or unusual noise is strictly prohibited, unless a permit has been obtained and it is allowed in that park. Quiet time is between 10:00pm and 6:00am in the campgrounds.



Fees, if required, must be paid prior to use of Park facility. A list of fees can be found online at Dane County Parks Fee Schedule or obtained from the Dane County Parks office. 



Click here for a pdf copy of our campground rules.


  1. Dogs require a permit to be in a County park. 
  2. Dogs must be on a leash of not more than six feet and kept under control.
  3. No pets are allowed in waters designated as beach areas.
  4. Horses are allowed on designated horse trails only and must be kept under control.
  5. Pets are not allowed on ski trails during the ski season.

Personal Conduct

  1. No noisy, drunken, or disorderly person shall be permitted to remain in the park.
  2. It is illegal to deface, destroy or vandalize any park property or natural growth.
  3. All controlled substances and paraphernalia, identified in Chapter 161, WI State Statutes, shall be prohibited from use or possession.


  1. A permit is required for vehicles parked outside of the campsite area.
  2. Vehicles are restricted to designated roadways, parking areas, and authorized campsites.
  3. Vehicles must abide by state laws and operate at the posted speed limit within the park.


  1. No household garbage is allowed in the parks.
  2. All litter, debris, and trailer refuse must be placed in areas or containers provided.

All regulations listed in Chapter 53, Dane County Ordinances, shall apply. For more information call 608- 224-3730.



Tents/Special Equipment - chairs, tables, play equipment

Installing tents or other structures that are larger than 12' x 12' and require stakes or pins to be driven into the ground more than six inches will be charged an additional fee to cover the marking of underground utilities.  A certificate of insurance may be required when bringing additional equipment into a park.  Please call 608-224-3730 for more information.