A man and child splash around in the swimming area at Tenney Beach

Photo by Focal Flame Photography

Tenney Beach

Splash around in Lake Mendota off the shores of Tenney Beach.

Parks and Beaches


The City of Madison Parks Division provides an extensive list with details about the 6,000 acres of parkland in the 270 parks that Madison has to offer. Check out their website for a full list of parks, their amenities, their locations and an interactive park amenity locatorDane County Parks offer just over 5,000 acres of recreational parklands to be explored. Go to the Dane County Parks website for a full list of parks and locations.



Our best friends have a place to run, roll around in mud, meet (and sniff) new four-legged friends and even catch a Frisbee! The Madison Area has eight off-leash exercise areas for dogs and their human friends. Dane County also has seven off-leash dog parks.


Most Madison park locations allow dogs on-leash, with select parks being dog-free — including all conservation parks. A permit is required for both off-leash and on-leash locations and may be purchased here. In addition, the Dane County Parks Division allows dogs on-leashes in all Dane County-operated parks. Permits are required and can be purchased here.

Searching for Summer?

From green space and trails to lakes and beaches, Madison is an outdoor lover's paradise. See what we've got in store for you.

Explore Outdoor Madison


With welcoming waters spread throughout the Madison, you’ll find frequent beachfront fun. Madison’s majestic lakes offer beautiful views and activities for all. Swim, fish, play, or relax at one of these sandy shore-side sanctuaries.


Lake Monona

  • BB Clarke Beach Park
  • Olbrich Park Beach
  • Bernie's Beach Park
  • Esther Beach Park

Lake Mendota

  • Tenney Beach
  • Spring Harbor Beach Park
  • Warner Beach

Lake Wingra

  • Henry Vilas Beach


Lake Monona

  • Brittingham Beach
  • Marshall Park
  • Olin Park

Lake Mendota

  • James Madison Park

Lake Waubesa

  • Goodland County Park Beach


  • Stewart Lake County Park Beach – Mount Horeb
  • Fireman's Park Beach – Verona
  • Governor Nelson State Park – Waunakee
  • Troll Beach – Stoughton

Madison's beaches usually open in early June and remain open through September. Please check beach conditions before enjoying your day in the sun.