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Fire circle reservations fire pits on Picnic Point

To make reservations contact Campus Event Services/Wisconsin Union

(Online scheduling is ONLY for UW Departments and Registered Student Organizations.) Web http://www.union.wisc.edu/eventservices-services.htm


Email events@union.wisc.edu


Phone (608) 262-2511


Hours Mon – Fri, 8am – 5pm


Memorial Union, 2nd floor
800 Langdon St.
Madison, WI 53706


You will receive an email with confirmation of the date, time, and site number to print out. Note: It can take up to 24 hours to receive confirmation. Your reservation will not be posted at the fire circle itself. Since reservations are not required, the site may be in use when you arrive. You may politely ask that party to leave and show them a print out of your confirmed reservation.


RULES for using fire circles

Alcohol is ONLY allowed for university sponsored events with an approved permit. See Alcohol Beverage Service Permit.

Frequently asked questions about the fire circles


How do I choose a fire circle?

Fire circles are numbered 1 through 6 from the base of Picnic Point to the tip. The distance from the entrance to Picnic Point to fire circle #6 is approximately 0.75 miles (1.2 km); it’s about a 15 minute walk.

Notes about the fire circles:

Fire circle #1 (photo):
Max. capacity 20

Fire circle #2 (photo):
Max. capacity 30. Site will be closed for construction between October 15 and November 30, 2012.

Fire circle #3 (photo):
Max. capacity 10. At the Narrows.

Fire circle #4 (photo):
Max. capacity 15. Combine with site 5 for max. capacity of 30.

Fire circle #5 (photo):
Max. capacity 15. Combine with site 4 for max. capacity of 30.

Fire circle #6 (photo):
Max. capacity 80. Site is under construction and will be available for reservations after October 6, 2012.


always check beach and ice conditions in the PreserveIce safety information

Is it safe to go out on the frozen lake? The Dane County Sheriff Department Lake Patrol,
284-6878, can give people the "official word" or visit the Marine and Trail Enforcement page of the Dane County Sheriff Office website and read the Ice Ordinance.

Swimming information

Please note: The university does not provide lifeguards at Preserve beach areas and water quality is not monitored. Swim at your own risk.

Visit the Public Health Madison and Dane County website to find out if the Spring Harbor and/or Memorial Union beaches are open and safe for swimming.




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