Seal of Dane County County of Dane
Dane County Land & Water Resources Department

Public Hearing on Proposed 2024 Dane County Parks Fee Increases

August 18, 2023
Land & Water Resources


Joleen Stinson, Parks Director
(608) 422-0657

MADISON, WI - August 18, 2023 - The Dane County Park Commission will hold a hybrid public hearing regarding proposed 2024 park fee increases. The hearing will take place on Wednesday, September 6 at 5:30 pm. Those interested in participating can either attend in person or virtually via Zoom.

The Dane County Park Commission sets the fee structure for services provided in county parks. Each year, the fees are evaluated and adjusted in order to offset operational and maintenance costs associated with various park activities. The Dane County Park Commission is proposing to keep the majority of permit fees the same for 2024. There are increases proposed for the Tenney Lock permit, horse trail permit, and limited archery access permit. For many of these permits, the last fee increase was over a decade ago. The Dane County Park Commission is also proposing a simplification of the shelter reservation fee schedule and a nominal increase in camping reservation fees.

In addition to fee increases, there are several other proposed changes, including expanding the senior/disabled/military/veteran discount to the annual disc golf permit and the Tenney Lock permit, and adding a metal detecting permit fee.

A complete list of the current and proposed 2024 park fees is available by visiting:

The public can attend the public hearing in person at the Lussier Family Heritage Center Lower Level, 3101 Lake Farm Rd, Madison, WI.

To join the meeting in Zoom, click the following link (after you fill out the form, the meeting link and access information will be emailed to you):

This link will be active until the end of the meeting.

Virtual registrations to provide public comment will be accepted until 30 minutes prior to the beginning

of the meeting. In order to testify (provide public comment) virtually, you must be in attendance at the meeting via Zoom or phone, you will then either be unmuted or promoted to a panelist and provided time to speak.

To join the meeting by phone, dial-in using one of the following three toll-free phone numbers:


When prompted, enter the following Webinar ID: 954 6437 0307

If you are unable to make this meeting, feedback, and/or questions can be sent to, or mailed to the Dane County Park office at 5201 Fen Oak Drive, Room 208, Madison, WI 53718.

Permits are available online at, by calling (608) 224-3730 or at the Parks Office located at 5201 Fen Oak Drive, Room 208, Monday through Friday, 7:45am - 4:30pm.

For more information, please contact Dane County Parks at (608) 224-3730 or visit the parks website at

About Dane County Parks

The Dane County Park System is made up of 17,000 acres of land that features the best of Wisconsin’s natural beauty. Our Parks do not require an entry fee and offer countless opportunities to get away from it all to unwind, spend time outdoors, and make memories with friends and family. Dane County Parks takes an active role to enhance and preserve the county’s finest natural resources. We strive to create welcoming spaces, events and educational opportunities for park visitors of all backgrounds and ability levels.


Back to Press Releases