Owen Conservation Park
|Address:||6021 Old Sauk Rd.|
|Hours:||4:00am - dusk|
On a hilltop overlooking Madison's west side, this park was the farm and personal retreat of former University Professor Edward T. Owen. Today, prairies and oak savannas have risen like a phoenix to reclaim the landscape. Coneflowers, goldenrod, and bluestem are among the many plants that yield a harvest of ever-changing color and texture throughout the year.
Help us identify plant species found at Owen Conservation Park. We welcome your help in verifying and updating this list. Feel free to send us any notes or information you may have about the plant community at Owen, including the dates you observe the different species to firstname.lastname@example.org.
During the winter, approximately 1.6 miles are groomed for classic cross-country skiing as snow-cover allows. No permit is required at this trail.
Park HighlightsBird & Nature Outing: Explore this park with a FREE, guided nature walk offered monthly.
Land ManagementIn 2008, construction was completed on 3 stormwater/wildlife ponds in the southwest corner of the park near Jetty Dr. The ponds replaced an eroded channel that carried tons of sediment to Lake Mendota every year. The first 2 ponds trap nearly 70% of the sediment. The third pond functions chiefly as additional wildlife habitat. Native prairie plants, trees and shrubs surround the ponds. The ponds have been planted with aquatic plants. Having permanent water habitat will attract additional wildlife e.g. herons, wood ducks, shorebirds.
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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.