UW-Madison Lakeshore Nature Preserve in Madison Wisconsin

The University of Wisconsin’s UW-Madison Lakeshore Nature Preserves is on the south shore of Lake Mendota and is a Class IV habitat conservation area. It is the largest freshwater natural Preserve in the United States, extending from Wisconsin’s southern border up the extinct Wisconsin River’s northern slope. This beautiful area was once a thickly wooded forest gives access to the campus housing and athletic facilities. As a result, many types of plant and animal life have been stripped entirely from the land. But still, the preserve offers impressive scenery, with more than two miles of beaches, nearly three hundred species of birds, and over one hundred species of mammals in the lake and surrounding area. Some rare plants and animals introduce through the breeding programs at the university. See more here.

In addition to the natural wildlife, the UW-Madison Lakeshore Nature Preserve waters provide open views of this lake’s true beauty and surroundings. The lush, forested bottomlands and the beautiful waterfalls draw families for canoeing, fishing, and boating on the Wisconsin River’s beautiful waters. The lake offers camping opportunities for those who enjoy a more remote experience or who just want to be close to nature. The preserve offers canoe rentals, fly fishing, canoeing and kayaking trips, and even boat launches for the water sports enthusiast. See here for information about Know More About University of Wisconsin-Madison Arboretum.

Camping at the UW-Madison Lakeshore Nature Preserve is available year-round with many different options. One is the campground, where you will find everything you need for a beautiful getaway; your cabin, playground, hiking trails, swimming pool, and so much more. There is also a cabin for rent if that is what you desire. You can go to Lake Geneva for a more exclusive campsite, which boasts of two different grounds. You can also enjoy more luxury and accommodations at the Staunton lodge, a full-service campground and lodge that offers luxurious cabins, gourmet meals, and complimentary high-speed internet access.