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Fire circle reservations fire pits on Picnic Point

To make a reservation for a fire circle on Picnic Point, please contact Campus Event Services/Wisconsin Union:


Web union.wisc.edu/firepit


Email events@union.wisc.edu


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.


RULES for using fire circles PLEASE READ!

Frequently Asked Questions about the fire circles

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.


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: Swimming is NOT permitted in the waters along the Lakeshore Nature Preserve.
Swimming is permitted at the Memorial Union swim pier.


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