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Governor Nelson State Park

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5410 County Hwy. M, Waunakee, WI
+1 608-831-3005
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Family reunion

Great place for a picnic. Parking for handicap is challenging but we managed. Family with boats... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
dee A
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Waunakee, Wisconsin
via mobile
Great place to hike

Close and convenient state park with miles of trails spanning Forrest to prairie vistas on Lake... read more

Reviewed April 1, 2018
Z0e2014
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Madison, Wisconsin
via mobile
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“nice beach” (4 reviews)
“hiking trails” (3 reviews)
“lake mendota” (5 reviews)
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5410 County Hwy. M, Waunakee, WI
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+1 608-831-3005
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Great place for a picnic. Parking for handicap is challenging but we managed. Family with boats came and able to anchor close to the beach and walk to picnic area. You will have a good time.

Thank dee A
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Reviewed April 1, 2018 via mobile

Close and convenient state park with miles of trails spanning Forrest to prairie vistas on Lake Mendota.

Thank Z0e2014
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Reviewed July 17, 2017 via mobile

I love cross country skiing along the lake and the views here are incredible. Great summer hiking and nice beach.

Thank 4csmiley
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Reviewed July 8, 2017

I took my two girls (ages 2 and 4) to the beach area at Governor Nelson SP on a weekday afternoon. The park is easy to get to from Madison, parking is plentiful, and the beach was not crowded (maybe about 4-5 other families), which...More

Thank Megan M
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Reviewed June 2, 2017 via mobile

This state park is in honor of Gaylord Nelson the founder of Earth Day. You may see Sandhill Cranes. There is a Crane crossing on the park road. Be sure to drive slow. Bring your boat. I have been told the fishing is good. There...More

Thank limey52
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Reviewed March 14, 2017

Gov. Nelson state park is located on the north shore of lake Mendota less than ten minutes from Madison. In spite of the convenience and beauties of the park it is largely overlooked by nature lovers. This is too bad, because it has several miles...More

Thank gbmorr
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Reviewed July 24, 2016

Hiking trails are nice, with lots of raspberry bushes to pick from. Good parking, though very crowded. Beach is VERY scummy. My advice for a beach with kids would be Stewart Lake near Mt. Horeb(30 min. from Gov. Nelson on CTH JG.)

1  Thank Bruce K
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Reviewed July 23, 2016

The park is just a way from the busy highway. Very easy for everyone get access to the park. wild life just surround you when you take a walk along the lake.

Thank Linmom L
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Reviewed June 30, 2016

Nice park on the lake. Great cross country Ski paths. Hiking is not very challenging. Lake is beautiful and park is very nice.

Thank 4csmiley
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Reviewed June 27, 2016

It has a pretty shoreline with the best views of the Madison skyline. There are Hiking/cross country skiing trails, a sandy beach and bath house, picnic and playground areas. Lake Mendota is on the Yahara Lakes chain and has excellent fishing. The park has a...More

Thank swauna
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