Picnic Point

Madison, Wisconsin 53792

Picnic Point

Picnic Point Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"A 300-acre nature preserve that stretches along the shore of Lake Mendota from just past the University of Wisconsin Hospital to a residential area surrounded by woods, this pocket of wilderness just a few minutes from Madison’s urban bustle also includes landscapes of prairie and marsh, as well as two points on the lake with breathtaking views across the open water.

Over 200 species of birds have been spotted here and the area is known for being a stop on both the fall sparrow migration and the spring and fall waterfowl migration, which sees Canada geese and other birds come through until the lake freezes over. Bring a pair of binoculars, find a nice isolated spot along the trail, and wait for the birds to alight in the trees."

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Trail Information

Nearby City
3.7 miles
Trail Type
Technical Difficulty
Physical Difficulty
Dirt, gravel
Skill Level
2-2.5 hours
Spring through fall
Lakeshore Nature Preserve, 610 Walnut St., WARF Building, Madison, WI 53726; (608) 265-9275;
Local Contacts
USGS Madison West, WI; trail map available from contact website listed below
Local Maps

Activity Feed

Dec 2018