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Dane County Land & Water Resources Department


The Land & Water Resources Department works on a variety of projects to protect and improve natural resources and to increase access to and use of public lands. This webpage displays information about significant, in-progress projects and includes a locator map and links to project details below the map. Projects can be filtered by the categories below. Check back often to stay up-to-date on active projects.

  • Land & Water (water quality improvements, flood mitigation, stormwater controls, etc.)
  • Parks (new trails, dog parks, shelters, habitat restorations, etc.)

We also have many other ongoing restoration projects throughout the park system not listed below. Visit our Natural Areas Program webpage for more information and an interactive map.

Active Projects
Anderson Farm County Park - Dog Park

Development of a new 40-acre dog park and a paved shared-use trail at Anderson Farm County Park.

Badger Mill Creek Stream Restoration

Badger Mill Creek stream restoration and reconnection to floodplain.

Cherokee-Yahara River Estuary Rehabilitation

Developing a plan to enhance (i) recreation, (ii) fishery and wildlife, (iii) water quality and vegetation, and (iv) erosion and sediment trapping in the Cherokee-Yahara River Estuary.

Fish Camp Kayak Launch - Accessible Fishing & Boating Improvements

Installation of a new accessible kayak launch.

Glacial Drumlin to Capital City Connector Trail

Development of segment of the Glacial Drumlin State Trail from I-90 bridge in Madison to the existing Glacial Drumlin Trail Trailhead in the Village of Cottage Grove.

Indian Lake County Park - Oak Savanna Restoration

Remove invasive species and restore oak savanna habitat.

Legacy Sediment Removal

The innovative "Suck the Muck" project will remove phosphorus-laden sediment from streambeds within the Yahara River Watershed.

Lower Yahara River Trail - Trail Development Phase 2

Development of Phase 2 of the trail from Fish Camp County Park to Lake Kegonsa State Park and Williams Drive.

Mendota County Park - Accessible Fishing & Boating Improvements

Upgrades to retaining wall and seawall and implementing the second phase of pathway improvements along the lagoon.

Mud Lake Wildlife Area - Oak Savanna Restoration

Project to removing invasives and other species to help restore oak savanna habitat.

North Mendota Trail - Governor Nelson State Park Segment

Development of a paved shared-use trail through Governor Nelson State Park.

Pheasant Branch Conservancy - Restoration

Improve water quality, wildlife habitat and outdoor recreation.

Prairie Moraine County Park - Oak Savanna & Woodland Restoration

Remove invasive species and restore native oak savanna and woodland vegetation. Enhance dog exercise space and restore views of significant geologic features.

Prairie Moraine County Park - Restoration

Remove invasive species and restore the park to historical natural resource communities.

Scheidegger Forest - Oak Savanna and Woodland Restoration

Remove invasive and other species to help restore oak savanna and woodland habitat.

Silverwood County Park - Oak Savanna and Woodland Restoration

Remove invasive and other species to help restore oak savanna and woodland habitat.

W.G. Lunney Lake Farm County Park - Solar Initiatives

Installation of solar panels, open air shelters and car charging stations.

Waucheeta Connector Trail

Dane County Parks in coordination with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and the Town of Dunn are planning for a shared-use trail through Capital Springs Centennial State Park (WI DNR).

Yahara River Sediment Removal

Multiphase project to reduce flooding and improve water flow in the Yahara Lakes.