You haven't seen Madison until you've seen it from a lake. As a city built on an isthmus, Madison is surrounded by over 15,000 acres of sparkling lakes. Whether you want to enjoy an early morning fishing trip, paddle away an afternoon with a friend in a canoe or test your balance on skis, Madison Parks provides you and your family with access to one of our community's greatest assets, our lakes.
Lake Access Permit
City of Madison Parks maintains a number of sight-seeing and boat launch piers throughout the city's lake front parks. The piers are put in during the springtime and taken out again in late fall. The Lake Access Permit is a 15 month permit (January 1st through March 31st of the following year) required for all designated launch sites in the City of Madison, City of Monona, and Dane County Parks. Lake Access Permits are required year-round.