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DANE COUNTY — My wife and I enjoyed some time in the Madison area over the weekend. We used Sunday's warm weather and a desire to soak up some sun as an excuse to buy our State Park sticker and enjoy Lake Mendota from the beach at Governor Nelson State Park.

I've been to many of the State Parks, but hadn't visited Governor Nelson State Park north of Madison before.

The park features a wide, sandy beach, a popular boat launch, a network of trails (featuring both woods and prairie) with several effigy mounds located along the trails. There are also several spots anglers can cast a line along Lake Mendota.

Most of our time was split between the beach (with a nice view of the state capital in the distance) and the Woodland Trail. It was quiet at the park on this Sunday morning with most of the activity at the boat landing.

There were several geocaches sprinkled throughout the park, but the most convenient one, near the beach, was off the trail far enough that I passed on attempting to find it.

Photos from the State Parks: Wyalusing State Park | Hartman Creek State Park | Governor Dodge State Park | Devil's Lake State Park | Rib Mountain State Park | Kohler-Andrae State Park | High Cliff State Park | Copper Falls State Park | Amnicon Falls State Park

The State Park tour will continue through the summer as weddings, conferences and family parties will take us to many corners of the state.

Read more posts from Brian Otten.

Brian Otten blogs about his experiences in the outdoors. Brian is the content manager of If you have questions about the site, you can reach Brian at or (715) 845-0702.

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