Kettle Pond Conservation Park
|5805 Old Middleton Rd.
|4:00am - dusk
The retreat of the glacier 10,000 years ago left many 'kettle holes' in the Madison area. A pond surrounded by woods provides a habitat for a variety of wildlife in this small park.
Features 0.4 miles of trails.
Recently, staff retrieved 13 bags of garlic mustard neatly piled by the trailhead and pulled by anonymous volunteers. To further support these efforts, staff have designated two "garlic mustard compost sites" along the trail, where passersby can drop plants that they have pulled. While bagging the plants and sending them to the landfill is ideal, the second-best is concentrating all the seeds produced to one or two spots, allowing native plants to thrive throughout the rest of the park.
Land ManagementNeighborhood volunteers are helping with an ongoing oak savanna restoration project. Exotic trees and shrubs are being cut to allow for sufficient light levels to foster oak regeneration and wildflower growth. Native trees, shrubs, and wildflowers are being planted. Increased plant diversity promotes a diverse community of wildlife species.
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Conservation Park Rules
Conservation Parks are uniquely managed to further protect native species and wildlife. The preservation of conservation parks includes some of the following. More information may be found in Madison General Ordinances 8.40.
Alcohol is prohibited in all conservation parks.
Bicycles & Motor Vehicles
Bicycles and motor vehicles are restricted to entrance roads and parking lots.
Dogs and horses are not allowed.
Fires and picnics are prohibited.
No firearms or weapons are permitted in the restrooms or shelters. Violators are considered trespassers and subject to forfeiture or arrest.
Glass is not allowed.
Hunting & Trapping
Hunting and trapping are prohibited.
Conservation park hours are 4am until one hour after sunset.
All plants and animals are protected. Disturbance or removal requires written permission.
Stay on and use designated trails only.
Trash & Recycling
Place trash in container provided. Please take recyclable material home for proper disposal.