Land & Water Resources Department


Effective Wednesday, March 18, 2020, the Land & Water Resources Department and Dane County Parks Office will be CLOSED to the public for walk-in business due to COVID-19 virus precautionary measures. Staff will be available to address phone calls and emails during typical office hours. Some limited exceptions may be made by appointment only for select services but these will require calling in advance.

View the Office CLOSED / Changes Due to COVID-19 notice on Dane County Parks for a full list of Park updates due to COVID-19.

The Dane County Land & Water Resources Department ensures the protection and enhancement of Dane County's natural, cultural, and historic resources; provides the county's residents with a broad array of accessible, high quality resource-based recreational services and facilities; and supports residents, communities, local governments and other agencies and organizations in their resource management and protection activities.  Read about the department's commitment to equity and inclusion.

The department consists of four divisions: Administration, Land Conservation, Parks, and Water Resource Engineering.


Administration provides behind the scenes support and oversight of department functions.


Land Conservation

Land Conservation provides conservation planning assistance and technical service in the area of soil and water conservation to landowners, land users, and decision-makers of Dane County, Wisconsin. 


Dane County Parks offers a variety of recreational opportunities for the outdoor enthusiast including recreation parks, natural resource areas, wildlife areas, historical/cultural sites, forests, campgrounds, shelters, trails and the Lussier Family Heritage Center facility.

Water Resource Engineering

Water Resource Engineering implements and enforces the county’s Erosion Control and Stormwater Management Programs, manages the county lakes, and provides technical assistance to county departments regarding water resources.