4/17/19 Pier Installation Update: Brittingham, Law, Marshall, Olin, Olbrich, Tenney, Vilas, and Wingra piers are now in! We anticipate the process to install piers throughout our system to continue through the beginning of May. Warner pier is installed. Visit Projects for information on the parking lot renovation and anticipated reopening.
Launch your watercraft or ATV!
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 removed again in late fall.
Launch Area Parking Rules and Tips (Ordinance 8.16):
- 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.
- The City of Madison's designated launch locations include:
- Spring Harbor
2018 Closure Notices:
- 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.
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- Olin Park boat launch will be closed 10:00pm on Friday, August 10 through 4:00am on Sunday, August 12 due to the Great Taste of the Midwest event.
- Olin Park boat launch will be closed 4:00am to 3:00pm Saturday, August 4 due to the CrossFit Games. Raindate, with the same times: Sunday, August 5.
- Warner Park boat launch parking lot will have limited availability beginning in late August and continuing through the end of the season. Boaters should consider using alternate locations if possible.
- Visit Park Projects for more information.
Law Park - Boat Launch
Lake Access Permit Required: Yes
Notes: Parking is very limited for this location with no trailer parking available.