Boat Launches

Boat Launch

End of Boating Season (update 11/18/19)

Staff are removing piers on Lake Monona beginning at Olin boat launch on Tuesday, November 19 and will continue around the lake and then onto Lake Mendota beginning at Warner. The process is anticipated to be completed next week. 
 


Launch your watercraft or ATV!

Surrounded by over 15,000 acres of lakes, accessing the water is easy in Madison and surrounding communities with your Lake Access Permit.  A daily or annual Lake Access Permit is required year-round for launching a motorboat, sailboat, iceboat, canoe, kayak, or ATV from a designated lake access parking lots (see locations below). Piers are in place early/mid-spring through fall. 


LAKE ACCESS PERMIT (Ordinance 8.215):
• A daily or annual Lake Access Permit is required year-round for launching a motorboat, sailboat, iceboat, canoe, kayak, or ATV from a designated lake access parking lot.
• The permit is valid for the issue year through March 31 of the following year at designated launch sites in Madison, Monona and Dane County (see brochure map).
• The permit should be displayed on the inside driver's side windshield 

DESIGNATED CITY OF MADISON LAUNCH LOCATIONS BY LAKE

LAKE MONONA: Law, Olbrich, Olin 
LAKE MENDOTA: Marshall, Spring Harbor, Tenney, Warner

LAUNCH AREA PARKING RULES AND TIPS (Ordinance 8.16):

  • Long stalls are for parking vehicles with trailers only. 
  • Regular-size stalls are for parking vehicles with no trailer only. 
  • Parking on the grass is prohibited.
  • When the launch parking lot is full, you must find an alternative launch site
  • Violators are subject to a citation. 

  • 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 a designated slow/no-wake at all times. Launch is best for canoe/kayak access.
  • Law Park - Boat Launch

    Park: Law Park
    Lake Access Permit Required: Yes

    Notes: Parking is very limited for this location with no trailer parking available.
  • 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: 3401 Atwood Ave.
  • 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

    Notes: 1601 Sherman Ave.
  • Vilas (Henry) Park - Boat Launch

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

    Notes: No trailer parking available.
  • Warner Park - Boat Launch

    Park: Warner Park
    Lake Access Permit Required: Yes

    Notes: 1201 Woodward Drive
  • Wingra Park and Boat Livery - Boat Launch

    Park: Wingra Park and Boat Livery
    Lake Access Permit Required: No

    Notes: No trailer parking available.