Preserve Hours

OPEN 4 AM - 10 PM daily

Parking lots are also open from 4 AM - 10 PM. Vehicles parked beyond this time may be ticketed.

Getting Here and Parking

The 300-acre Lakeshore Nature Preserve stretches for 4.3 miles along the south shore of Lake Mendota on the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus--from the Hasler Limnology Laboratory on the east to the Village of Shorewood Hills on the west.

 

Parking

  1. Picnic Point Lot 129
  2. Picnic Point Lot 130
  3. Frautschi Point Lot
  4. Raymer's Cove Lot
  5. Class of 1918 Marsh Lot 131
  6. Lakeshore Path at Lot 34
  7. Observatory Hill Overlook Lot 26

Campus Parking Regulations Apply in the Preserve.

See UW-Madison Transportation Services Visitor Parking

Getting Here

By bus

Madison metro bus #80 makes regular stops through campus and at many points with easy access to the Preserve including at the top of Muir Woods, near Willow Creek, at the Picnic Point entry gate, at the northeast corner of Eagle Heights Woods, and near the Frautschi Point entrance.

By bicycle

The Howard Temin Lakeshore Path--from N. Park Street on the east to Oxford Road on the west--is a well used commuter route and a great way to access the Preserve. Bicycling is not allowed on any interior trails including the main Picnic Point path or paved service roads. Bicycle racks are available at all parking lots, at the Lakeshore Residence Halls, and at several locations along the east end of the Temin Lakeshore Path.

On foot

The best way to explore the Preserve is on foot. You can explore the 12 miles of walking trails before setting foot in the Preserve by using the Interactive Map. The main path out to the tip of  Picnic Point is accessible. You may encounter the occasional work vehicle on service drives used by staff and others conducting research in the Preserve.

By boat

Visiting the Preserve by canoe has long been a popular adventure. The Narrows, midway on the Picnic Point peninsula, is a convenient landing and portage spot. Beaching is allowed on sandy areas on the north side of Picnic Point; tying of boats to trees is not allowed. Canoes, kayaks, and stand up paddle boards can be rented from Memorial Union's Outdoor UW program. A City of Madison maintained boat launch is located at Lot 60.

By car

Picnic Point is by far the most recognizable location in the Lakeshore Nature Preserve as well as a good base from which to explore the rest of the Preserve. Park at Lot 129 or 130 on University Bay Drive. Exploring the west end of the Preserve? Parking is also available at Frautschi Point and Raymer's Cove.