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This is a VERY small park. I have been there several times and the only time I saw more than about... read more

Reviewed 1 September 2018
Beautiful Prairie hikes

Stopped in on our way back from The Dells. Beautiful hike through prairie landscape but due to the... read more

Reviewed 5 July 2018
Jamie M
Woodstock, Illinois
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Reviewed 1 September 2018

This is a VERY small park. I have been there several times and the only time I saw more than about 4-5 cars is on a Halloween. They sometimes do a candle light hike and picnic type thing. It is nice being outdoors, on the...More

Thank stabone76
Reviewed 5 July 2018 via mobile

Stopped in on our way back from The Dells. Beautiful hike through prairie landscape but due to the excessive heat and the huge amount of mosquitoes we had to cut it short. The beach was closed as well to algae but seems to be a...More

Thank Jamie M
Reviewed 19 June 2018 via mobile

Great place for a picnic. Parking for handicap is challenging but we managed. Family with boats came and able to anchor close to the beach and walk to picnic area. You will have a good time.

Thank dee A
Reviewed 1 April 2018 via mobile

Close and convenient state park with miles of trails spanning Forrest to prairie vistas on Lake Mendota.

Thank Z0e2014
Reviewed 17 July 2017 via mobile

I love cross country skiing along the lake and the views here are incredible. Great summer hiking and nice beach.

Thank 4csmiley
Reviewed 9 July 2017

I took my two girls (ages 2 and 4) to the beach area at Governor Nelson SP on a weekday afternoon. The park is easy to get to from Madison, parking is plentiful, and the beach was not crowded (maybe about 4-5 other families), which...More

Thank Megan M
Reviewed 2 June 2017 via mobile

This state park is in honor of Gaylord Nelson the founder of Earth Day. You may see Sandhill Cranes. There is a Crane crossing on the park road. Be sure to drive slow. Bring your boat. I have been told the fishing is good. There...More

Thank limey52
Reviewed 14 March 2017

Gov. Nelson state park is located on the north shore of lake Mendota less than ten minutes from Madison. In spite of the convenience and beauties of the park it is largely overlooked by nature lovers. This is too bad, because it has several miles...More

Thank gbmorr
Reviewed 24 July 2016

Hiking trails are nice, with lots of raspberry bushes to pick from. Good parking, though very crowded. Beach is VERY scummy. My advice for a beach with kids would be Stewart Lake near Mt. Horeb(30 min. from Gov. Nelson on CTH JG.)

1  Thank Bruce K
Reviewed 23 July 2016

The park is just a way from the busy highway. Very easy for everyone get access to the park. wild life just surround you when you take a walk along the lake.

Thank Linmom L
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