Governor Nelson State Park is the one closest to our home, but this was our first time here. We wonder now why it took us so long, what a beautiful place! We hope to do some cross-country skiing and snowshoeing this winter there. This visit we looked for fall color and found plenty! Great trails too.
We hiked on the Woodland Trail, they even had a QR code on a sign to help you identify animal tracks you may see on your hike.
We didn’t see that but we did see an Ovenbird and Question Mark butterfly on our hike.
Lots of fall color! Here is a beautiful collection of autumn splendor!
This park is on the shores of Lake Mendota, the largest in the Madison Chain of Lakes and northernmost. For great fishing information about these lakes, contact my brother Lee Tauchen. He is a Captain and professional fishing guide who will take you out in his boat to the best spots to catch the fish of your choice.
We made our way toward the lake and found a fish cleaning station. An anchor is on display nearby.
It was beautiful lakeside. we could see the Madison skyline from here. Staff were removing the piers for the winter the day we went. We were across from Governor’s Island from this location.
This part of the park has a sandy beach and a very large shelter. Also a playground and even a checkers table!
If you have a lot of items to bring down to the beach, they have carts you can use to do that.
We saw more color as we wound our way back to the car. This is a wonderful park and plan on coming back to see all the seasons.