Capital Springs State Park and Recreation Area

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Capital Springs State Park and Recreation Area


(608) 224-3606

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This new state park in Dane County was established during Wisconsin State Parks' 2000 centennial year. Capital Springs is a partnership project between Dane County Parks and Wisconsin State Parks. Although still in the planning process, Capital Springs offers many recreational opportunities including hiking, biking, fishing, wildlife watching, picnicking and camping.

Map of Capital Springs & Rec. Area (WI)

Latitude, Longitude: 43.021220, -89.338070



  • Bicycling

    The Dasani Blue Bikes program is a national program which provides more than 280 Trek bicycles for public use on bike trails across the country. Dasani developed the program with the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy [exit DNR] to provide people an opportunity to get active, stay healthy, and enjoy the outdoors in their community. The bikes are kept in the campground, next to the Lussier Family Heritage Center.

    The Blue Bikes program in Madison provide 20 new Trek bicycles for visitors to the Capital Springs Recreation Area including the Capital City Trail, Lake Farm County Park, and the Lussier Family Heritage Center. Bicyclists may use the bikes on the Capital City State Trail, which connects to other city bike trails in Madison and Fitchburg, the Military Ridge State Trail, and the Badger State Trail.

    How to check out a bike: Anyone wishing to use a bike can register for a Blue Bikes card at the Lussier Family Heritage Center. You must have a photo ID or credit card available when checking out a bike.

  • Camping

    Capital Springs State Park incorporates Dane County's Lake Farm Park, which has a fully-accessible campground of 54 sites. Most of them are suitable for vehicle camping, and others are tent sites. Thirty-nine have 50-amp electrical hookups. The campground has showers, flush toilets, and a dumping station. It's next to the Lussier Family Heritage Center and the Capital City State Trail and just minutes away from downtown Madison and the Alliant Energy Center

  • Fishing

    The boat launch is open year-round. Each vehicle parked in the boat launch parking area must have a lake access permit.

  • Hiking

    The park is at the hub of several state and city trails, making travel to and from it easy for hikers and cyclists.

  • Picnicking

    Shelters are open for the season. Shelters 2 and 3 are on the shores of Lake Waubesa.

  • RVing

    Thirty-nine sites in the campground have 50-amp electrical hookups. The campground also has a dump station for recreational vehicles.

  • Water Sports

    Lake Farm County Park is another wonderful place within Capital Springs. Here, visitors can take advantage of a barrier-free boat launch for water access onto Lake Waubesa. Water enthusiasts enjoy many different types of activities on the lake, such as motor boating, canoeing, kayaking, and ice fishing.

  • Winter Sports

    Capital Springs is a convenient, quiet refuge from city life in the winter. Capital Springs has 5 miles of groomed ski trails. The boat launch area provides access to Lake Waubesa for ice fishing.


Open year-round

Park Partners

Friends of Capital Springs Recreation Area, Inc.

The Friends of Capital Springs Recreation Area, Inc. is a non-profit organization made up of individuals, families, and community business partners whose mission is to develop, promote, and maintain the educational and recreational opportunities within the area, as well as to promote the protection of natural habitat encompassed with the Capital Springs Recreational Area.



From Madison or Interstate Highway I-90, take the West Beltline (US Highway 12/18 to the South Towne Drive Exit (exit 264) and go south. Continue for almost 1 mile and then turn left on Moorland Road, which turns into Lake Farm Road after the road curves. You'll come to trailhead parking on your right. Farther on, at 3101 Lake Farm Road, you'll see the Lussier Family Heritage Center and campground on your left.

Phone Numbers


(608) 224-3606