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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.  View a map of boat launches, gets tips for safe boating, and find out more about boating in Madison Parks in the Lake Access Permit brochure (PDF).

The Lake Access permit also valid at all of the Dane County Parks launch sites and the City of Monona launch sites.

Daily: $8.00
Dane County Resident Annual: $35.00
Nonresident Annual: $45.00
Dane County Senior (65+): $18.00
Nonresident Senior (65+): $25.00
Disabled: $18.00
Duplicate/Replacement: $15.00

Where can I purchase a permit?

  • Annual Lake Access Permits can be purchased online.
    • Please allow up to ten days for delivery via USPS first class.
  • Daily or annual permits available at lake access parking lots.
  • Annual permits available at the City of Madison Parks Division:
    • 210 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Suite 104
      Madison, WI 53703
    • Or by phone, (608) 266-4711
    • Office hours: Monday - Friday, 8:00a.m. - 4:15p.m.

  • 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.

SPECIAL NOTICE:  Rhythm and Booms 2014 fireworks show will be located on Lake Monona on June 28. The set up of this large community event will require the closing of Olin Park Boat Launch for the following days:  June 16-20 all day and June 24 – July 1 all day.
Additionally, Olbrich Park boat launch will be closed on June 28 from 8:00p.m. - 10:30p.m. Please make sure to find alternate launch locations on those days.

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