Capital Springs Recreation Area, Lussier Family Heritage Center, Lake Farm Park and Nine Springs E-Way

Lake Farm Park is part of the Capital Springs Recreation Area, as well as the Nine Springs E-Way that, in turn, includes the Capital City State Bike Trail. The 328-acre park includes a wildlife pond, observation tower, Lake Waubesa shoreline, grasslands and marshes. The Lussier Family Heritage Center is home to the parks’ naturalists and the Dane County Historical Society. The center’s large decks offer commanding views of Lake Waubesa wetlands. The Nine Springs E-Way is a green hiking/biking corridor that extends seven miles from Dunn’s Marsh east to Lake Farm Park. Its large wetlands, sedge meadows and native forests are ideal habitats for a variety of wildlife.

Directions: Lake Farm Park’s address is 3113 Lake Farm Road; the Lussier Family Heritage Center is next door. The Nine Springs E-Way entrance is located at 1947 Moorland Road.

Capital Springs Recreation Area map

Gazetteer: Page 36, D-1 (prior to 10th edition). | Page 85, E-8 (10th edition).

Phone: 608/242-4576 (Dane County Parks), 608/224-3604.

Web site: Dane County Parks

Signature Species: Wilson’s Phalarope, White-eyed vireo and Eastern Kingbird.

Rare species: Forster’s Tern, Yellow-crowned Night-Heron and Acadian Flycatcher.

Parking: Parking lots.

Nearest food & lodging: Madison and Monona.