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Governor Nelson

State Park

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Hours


Open 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. year-round.

Directions


Get directions to the property.

Admission


A vehicle admission sticker is required.

Volunteer


See volunteering opportunities at the property.

Located on 10,000-acre Lake Mendota, recreation and nature mingle within sight of the State Capitol. Governor Nelson is a day use park offering a sand beach, boat launch, fish cleaning facility, picnic areas and playground equipment, prairie restorations and over 8 miles of trails. Native American effigy mounds can be seen on the Woodland Trail.