Governor Nelson State Park

5140 Cty Hwy M, Waunakee, WI 53597

Governor Nelson is a 422-acre day use park. It has a 500-foot sand beach, bathhouses with solar-heated showers, a four-stall boat launch, a fish cleaning facility, picnic areas, barrier free playground equipment, prairie restorations, 8.4 miles of hiking/cross country ski trails, and a scenic overlook of Lake Mendota. 

A 358-foot panther effigy mound and several conical mounds are near the trails in the southern section of the park, which is in Wisconsin\'s Southeast Glacial Plains ecological landscape. 



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  • Wildlife
  • Hiking
  • Swimming
  • Fishing
  • Cross-Country Skiing

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