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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
Black Earth Creek Stream Restoration

Stabilize eroding streambanks and incorporate flood mitigation solutions and in-stream habitat where practical.

Emergency Location Marker Installation

Installation of Emergency Location Markers along trails in selected parks for emergency response.

Falk Wells Sugar River Wildlife Area - Wetland Restoration

Dane County Parks is partnering with the US Fish & Wildlife Service on a ~30 acre wetland and prairie restoration.

Fish Camp County Park - 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.

Goodland County Park - Tennis Court Restoration

Reconstruction of Tennis and Basketball courts at Goodland County Park.

Indian Lake County Park - Oak Savanna Restoration

Remove invasive species and restore oak savanna habitat.

Indian Lake County Park - Prairie Strips

Planting prairie strips on agricultural lands at Indian Lake County Park.

Indian Lake County Park & Halfway Prairie Wildlife Area Property Plans

Property planning process planning process including inventory and future land management and park development recommendations.

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.

McCarthy Youth & Conservation Park - Timber Shelter, Parking, Playground

Development of a new timber frame park shelter, paved parking lot, drinking fountain and accessible playground.

MMSD Relief Force Main to Transport Wastewater

The Madison Metropolitan Sewerage District (MMSD) is planning Phase 2 of their relief force main that will transport wastewater from Verona.

Pheasant Branch Conservancy - Restoration

Improve water quality, wildlife habitat and outdoor recreation.

Prairie Moraine County Park - Restoration

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

Walking Iron Wildlife Area - Wetland Restoration

Dane County Parks is partnering with Ducks Unlimited and the US Fish & Wildlife Service on a ~300-acre wetland and prairie restoration.

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.