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Boat Launch City of Madison Parks maintains a number of sight-seeing and boat launch piers throughout the city's lakefront parks. The piers are put in during the springtime and taken out again in late fall.  A Lake Access Permit is required for some launch sites and is available on an annual or daily basis. 

Parking
  • Parking on the grass is prohibited at ALL of the Madison Parks, including all boat launch sites, Ordinance 8.16.
  • When the launch parking lot is full, you must find an alternative launch site. Vehicles that launch boats must purchase and display the proper Lake Access Permit.
  • Parking in the long stalls is for vehicles with trailers only. Parking in the short stalls is for single vehicles only, Ordinance 8.21.
     

Cherokee Marsh - South Unit (School Road) - Boat Launch

Park: Cherokee Marsh - South Unit (School Road)
Lake Access Permit Required: No

Notes: The Upper Yahara River above Hwy 113 is all slow, no-wake at all times.

Law Park - Boat Launch

Park: Law Park
Lake Access Permit Required: Yes

Notes: Parking is very limited for this location.

Marshall Park - Boat Launch

Park: Marshall Park
Lake Access Permit Required: Yes

Olbrich Park - Boat Launch

Park: Olbrich Park
Lake Access Permit Required: Yes

Notes: On August 24, the Olbrich Park Boat Launch will be closed from 4a.m. to 4p.m. for Ride the Drive.

Olin Park - Boat Launch

Park: Olin Park
Lake Access Permit Required: Yes

Spring Harbor Park - Boat Launch

Park: Spring Harbor Park
Lake Access Permit Required: Yes

Tenney Park - Boat Launch

Park: Tenney Park
Lake Access Permit Required: Yes

Vilas (Henry) Park - Boat Launch

Park: Vilas (Henry) Park
Lake Access Permit Required: No

Warner Park - Boat Launch

Park: Warner Park
Lake Access Permit Required: Yes