Park RulesNon-compliance of any of the following rules may be subject to a citation and/or removal from the park. To report, contact a park ranger, after hours, weekends and holidays, (608) 235-0448.
General parks are all parks, except conservation parks.
Most parks allow alcohol (no glass). However, by ordinance the following parks are alcohol-free and require an alcohol permit with an advanced shelter or athletic reservation. See Madison General Ordinance 8.24 for a full list of parks and details.
- Allied Park
- BB Clarke
- Bernie's Beach
- Demetral (at shelter and within 50' radius)
- James Madison
- Lake Edge
- OB Sherry
- Penn (10:00 am – 8:00 pm)
- Firearms or weapons are prohibited and subject to forfeiture or arrest.
- Glass is not allowed in any park.
- General parks are open 4am to 10pm. Conservation parks are open 4am to one hour after sunset.
- Driving or parking motorized vehicles is not allowed on the grass or near a shelter and is subject to a citation. Follow any onsite parking regulation signs.
- Leave no trace. Put trash in its place. Use trash and recycle receptacles where provided. In those that do not, please take home all recyclables and trash, including dog waste.
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 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 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.
- Place trash in container provided. Please take recyclable material home for proper disposal.