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Dane County Land & Water Resources Department

Dane Co. & WI DNR to Host Info Meeting - Capital Springs State Rec Area Alternative Master Plan

April 05, 2010
Chris James, Park Planner Dane County Land and Water Resources, Parks Division 1 Fen Oak Court #234 Madison, WI 53718 Phone: 608.224.3763 Email:
Land & Water Resources

The public will have an opportunity to review and comment on the preferred alternative Master Plan that will provide the vision for how the state and county will develop and manage the Capital Springs State Recreation Area in Dane County, Wisconsin. The project area includes nearly 2500 acres of land stretching east to west from Upper Mud Lake to the Wisconsin DNR South Central Service Center on Fish Hatchery Road. Existing park and recreation facilities in the project area include the Capital City State Trail, Nevin Springs Fish and Wildlife Area, Jenni and Kyle Preserve, E-Way, Lake Farm County Park, and Lussier Family Heritage Center. Some of the proposed additions to the project area include hiking and biking trails, an amphitheater, additional public hunting areas and fishing access, canoe landings, camping, a disc golf course and dog exercise area.

Dane County, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and stakeholder partners have been working through a public planning process for nearly ten years to develop the Master Plan and Environmental Assessment for the property. During the process, a Friends of Capital Springs Recreation Area has formed, more information about this organization can be found on their website at:

The preferred alternative Master Plan is available for public review on the Dane County Parks web site at:
Copies of the preferred alternative Master Plan will also be available at the Lussier Family Heritage Center, 3101 Lake Farm Road, Madison, Wisconsin 53711.
A public information meeting to present the plan and answer questions will be held on Thursday, April 8th from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Lussier Family Heritage Center, 3101 Lake Farm Road, Madison WI, 53711.

Park planning staff will provide an overview of the plan, followed by an opportunity to ask questions and review plan maps. The plan is anticipated to be considered for adoption by both the Dane County and Natural Resource Boards in mid June.