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Boat Launch ACCESS ALERT:
Due to the Shake the Lake event, there will be limited access to the Olin Boat Launch on Friday, June 19. There will be no access beginning Saturday, June 20 and continuing through Monday, June 29. We are sorry for any inconvenience this may cause. We hope you make plans to attend this great downtown event, Shake the Lake on Saturday, June 27 beginning at 5:00pm.
 
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

Notes: ACCESS ALERT: Due to the Shake the Lake event, Olin Boat Launch will have limited access Fri., June 19 and no access Saturday, June 20 through Monday, June 29. We are sorry for any inconvenience this may cause.

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