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Contact information
For information on Blue Mound State Park Planning, contact:
Phil Rynish

Property Master Plan for: Blue Mound State Park

In June 2018, the Natural Resources Board approved the department’s recommendation to develop a plan revision to the Blue Mound State Park master plan. The department has been gathering data and is prepared to initiate the planning process. The result of this process will be a master plan that replaces the existing 1984 master plan [PDF] and its modifications (2012 Variance [PDF], 2000 Variance [PDF]).

Blue Mound State Park is 1,153 acres atop the highest point in southern Wisconsin. The park straddles the Dane and Iowa County line and offers spectacular views, opportunities to see and learn about unique geological features and a variety of recreational facilities. Over 20 miles of scenic trails, access to the Military Ridge State Trail, bike-in campsites, a family campground, summer swimming pool and a rustic cabin for people with disabilities make Blue Mound a popular year-round destination.

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East Tower

Photo from East Tower - Courtesy of Katie Godding

Planning Update

The department has initiated a public involvement process regarding management alternatives for the Blue Mound State Park Master Plan. The public now has the opportunity to review and comment on the management alternatives, which are options the DNR planning team may recommend in the eventual draft master plan. The management alternatives are a step in the planning process and do not represent a plan. Read the full management alternatives document here:

Printed copies of the management alternatives document are available to read at the Blue Mound State Park Office or Friends Shelter.

Have your voice heard!

Submit your input on the management alternatives using one of the public input form options below.

Attend the management alternatives public meeting:

  • November 19, 2019 from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
  • Mount Horeb High School Auditorium
  • 305 S. 8th Street; Mount Horeb, WI

A brief presentation will take place at 5:45 p.m. followed by interactive discussions of the management alternatives. Meeting attendees will have the opportunity to learn more about the alternatives, ask questions and share their thoughts and ideas on the management alternatives.

The deadline for submitting comments on the management alternatives is December 2, 2019.

Please contact Phil Rynish, DNR Property Planner, at or 608-266-5854 with questions or comments.

The map below shows and describes many features of Blue Mound State Park. Click the pins in the map to learn more.

Additional Information About Blue Mound State Park Planning


Public Involvement

Initial Public Meeting Materials

Public Involvement Plan [PDF]


Contact Information
For information on Blue Mound State Park Planning, contact:
Phil Rynish

Last revised: Tuesday November 12 2019