Launch your watercraft or ATV!
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. 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 (see below). Piers are in place early-mid spring through fall.
LAKE ACCESS PERMIT
FREE LAKE ACCESS DAY - all day, no permit needed on Saturday, June 22 LEARN MORE
Olin Boat Launch Access - Sunday, June 2
John Nolen Drive is closed from Olin Ave. to Blair St. due to Ride the Drive from 9:30am to 4:00pm on Sunday, June 2. Olin Park boat launch is accessible during this time by the service road and open gate between Olin Park and Turville Point Conservation Park.
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
- 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.
2019 OLIN PARK BOAT LAUNCH CLOSURE NOTICE:
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- Ironman 70.3: Sunday, June 9 (Limited Access)
- Shake the Lake: Friday, June 21 - Sunday, June 30 (CLOSED)
- Reebok Fitbarge: Tuesday, July 23 and Wednesday, August 7 (Limited Access)
- CrossFit Games: Thursday, August 1 - Sunday, August 4 (CLOSED)
- Great Taste of the Midwest: Saturday, August 10 (CLOSED)
Spring Harbor Park - Boat Launch
Lake Access Permit Required: Yes