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Governor Nelson

Wisconsin State Park System

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COVID-19 Update: 

Beginning April 30, 2021, playgrounds and observation towers will reopen. Office buildings, visitor centers, enclosed shelters and nature centers remain closed until further notice. For more information on special park operations, please see:

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.