Capital Springs State Recreation Area

State: Wisconsin

Address 1: 3101 Lake Farm Road

City: Madison

Zip: 53711

Phone: (608) 224-3606

Open: Seasonal

Number of Sites: 54

Electric: 39

Camp URL:

Full Hook: Yes

The new Capital Springs Centennial State Recreation Area just south of Madison encompasses about 3,000 acres stretching from Fish Hatchery Road east to Lake Waubesa, including most of the Nine Springs E-way. The project also includes the Capital City State Trail.

When completed, the new Capital Springs State Park will seamlessly join Dane County’s Lake Farm Park and newly acquired state land into a cooperatively operated and managed piece of Wisconsin’s Southeat Glacial Plains landscape. Capital Springs includes familiar wildlife and recreation areas like the Monona Conservancy Wetlands, MMSD Wildlife Observation Area, Nine Springs E-way, Nevin Fish Hatchery, Jenni and Kyle Preserve, and Lussier Family Heritage Center.

Capital Springs protects more than .75 mile of undeveloped Lake Waubesa shoreline

The park is at the hub of several state and city trails, making travel to and from it easy for hikers and cyclists.

The recreation area, Capital City Trail and the Lake Farm Unit are open for use. Hiking/skiing trails, picnic shelters, a boat launch and campground are all available just minutes from downtown Madison. Lake Farm Unit also has an archaeological district, with interpretive signs about early inhabitants of the area.

Capital Springs State Park incorporates Dane County’s Lake Farm Park, which has a fully-accessible campground of 54 sites. Most of them are suitable for vehicle camping, and others are tent sites. Thirty-nine have 50-ampere electrical hookups. The campground has showers, flush toilets, and a dumping station. It’s next to the Lussier Family Heritage Center [exit DNR] and the Capital City State Trail and just minutes away from downtown Madison and the Alliant Energy Center