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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 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
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
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
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
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
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.)