Governor Nelson State Park

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Governor Nelson State Park
Wisconsin State Park
Gov. Nelson prairie 2.jpg
Summer meadow view.
Named for: Gaylord Nelson
Country United States
State Wisconsin
County Dane
Location Waunakee
 - coordinates 43°8′6″N 89°26′11″W / 43.13500°N 89.43639°W / 43.13500; -89.43639Coordinates: 43°8′6″N 89°26′11″W / 43.13500°N 89.43639°W / 43.13500; -89.43639
Area 422 acres (171 ha)
Founded 1975
Management Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
IUCN category V - Protected Landscape/Seascape

Governor Nelson State Park is a 422-acre (171 ha) Wisconsin state park in Waunakee, Dane County, Wisconsin on the shore of Lake Mendota. It is named for former Wisconsin Governor Gaylord Nelson. On most days the Wisconsin State Capitol building can be seen in nearby Madison. Common activities include boating, fishing, picnicking and swimming. There is also a boat launch and a swimming area for pets. Away from the lake one can find restored prairie and savanna, effigy mounds, hiking trails and ski trails. Governor Nelson State Park is one of the few Wisconsin state parks that does not allow overnight camping.[citation needed]


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