Lake Kegonsa State Park

Stoughton, Wisconsin 53589

Lake Kegonsa State Park

Lake Kegonsa State Park Professional Review and Guide

"This lakeside park offers several short hikes or one long one that takes in varying landscape that includes restored prairie, a pine plantation, oak forest, and a marsh. Afterward go for a swim. This park was once part of a great river valley that was here more than a million years ago. The last of the glaciers passed over this area; where they stopped, they left a line of glacial deposit called a terminal moraine, located today just a few miles south of Lake Kegonsa.

The meltwater flowing from the shrinking glaciers filled some of the former river valley with sand, gravel, and large boulders, forming dams in some places and raising the base
significantly. The result is the chain of four lakes in the Madison area."

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"Located just south of Madison, Lake Kegonsa is one of Madison’s four lakes, created when the Wisconsin Glacier slid over the landscape during the last ice age. Lake Kegonsa State Park is a popular, well-tended park and a nice escape from the urban grind. It contains several miles of hiking and skiing trails and a small beach area that includes a spot for pets to swim.

Anglers cast for panfish and bass on the waters. You can camp here too.Trails run through woods and past prairie, and there’s a short boardwalk to a small wetland with ducks, geese, and muskrats. This hike uses a series of connecting loops that includes the White Oak Nature Trail and the Bluebird Trail. These pathways wind through the woods and past a swath of prairie."

"Set on the northeast shore of Lake Kegonsa in the state park of the same name, this hike first traces an interpretive trail through forest, where you can learn more about Southern Wisconsin’s plant heritage.

From there the hike breaks out into restored prairie, where more floral vestiges of the Badger State shine. The easy-to-reach state park makes for a well-maintained and scenic setting, and the trails are mostly level. Other pastimes at Lake Kegonsa, such as swimming, camping, boating, and fishing, are a breeze to integrate into your trip here."

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Trail Information

Nearby City
Trail Type
Skill Level
2.5-3 hours
6 a.m.–11 p.m. year-round
845 feet
Trailhead Elevation
Top Elevation
Boat Launch/Ramp, Swimming, Boating, Fishing, Camping
Additional Use
Local Contacts
USGS Stoughton; on the DNR website and at park office
Local Maps