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Located on 10,000-acre Lake Mendota, recreation and nature mingle Locationwithin sight of the State Capitol. Governor Nelson is a day use park offering a sand beach, boat launch, fish cleaning facility, picnic areas and playground equipment, prairie restorations and over 8 miles of trails. Native American effigy mounds can be seen on the Woodland Trail.

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For information, contact:
Governor Nelson State Park
5140 Cty Hwy M
Waunakee, WI 53597

Wisconsin State Park System Governor Nelson State Park

View of a trail in a field next to the forest.

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Reserve shelters at Governor Nelson State Park.

Park information


  • Governor Nelson State Park is open year-round from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m.


The entrance to Governor Nelson State Park is on the southeast side of County Highway M, about 2 miles west of State Highway 113 and 4.7 miles east of U.S. Highway 12. Geographic coordinates are 43° 8' 14.24" N, 89° 26' 31.49" W.




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Last revised: Thursday October 03 2019