Sunset at James Madison Park on Lake Mendota
© Richard Hurd




The City of Madison Parks Division provides an extensive list with details about the 6,000 acres of parkland in the 260 parks that Madison has to offer. Check out their website for a full list of parks, their amenities, their locations and an interactive map of Madison parks. Dane County Parks offer just over 5,000 acres of recreational park lands to be explored. Go to the Dane County Parks Website for a full list of parks and locations.



Off-Leash: 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 8 off-leash exercise areas for dogs and their human friends.

On-Leash: There are 26 City of Madison on-leash park locations. 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.

**Please remember that dogs are not allowed (even on-leash) in most parks, children's play areas, beaches, athletic fields and conservation parks.



There are 11 beaches in the City of Madison, 7 of which provide lifeguard services. The Public Health Department monitors the daily condition of the beaches. Please be sure to check their website for daily closings and conditions reports. In addition to the beaches, Madison also has a brand-new public swimming pool. The Irwin A. and Robert D. Goodman Swimming Pool, complete with two water slides and several play areas for children, is a great way to beat the heat of summer!


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