Fire circle reservations
To make a reservation for a fire circle on Picnic Point, please contact Campus Event Services/Wisconsin Union:
Phone (608) 262-2511
Hours Mon – Fri, 8am – 5pm
Union South, Room 233
1308 W. Dayton St.
Madison, WI 53715
You will receive an e-mail with confirmation of the date, time, and site number for you to print out and take with you to your event. Note: It can take up to 2 business days to receive confirmation. Your reservation will not be posted at the fire circle. You must take it with you. 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 the print out of your confirmed reservation.
Alcohol is ONLY allowed for university sponsored events with an approved permit.
See Alcohol Beverage Service Permit
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.
Ice safety information
Is it safe to go out on the frozen lake? The Dane County Sheriff Department
284-6878, can give people the "official word" or visit
and Trail Enforcement page of the Dane County Sheriff Office website and
read the Ice Ordinance.
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.