Governor Nelson State Park Article

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Governor Nelson State Park
IUCN category V (protected landscape/seascape)
Gov. Nelson prairie 2.jpg
Summer meadow view.
Map showing the location of Governor Nelson State Park
Map showing the location of Governor Nelson State Park
Map showing the location of Governor Nelson State Park
Map showing the location of Governor Nelson State Park
Location Dane, Wisconsin, United States
Coordinates 43°8′6″N 89°26′11″W / 43.13500°N 89.43639°W / 43.13500; -89.43639
GOVERNOR NELSON STATE PARK Latitude and Longitude:

43°8′6″N 89°26′11″W / 43.13500°N 89.43639°W / 43.13500; -89.43639
Area422 acres (171 ha)
Established1975
Named for Gaylord Nelson
Governing body Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

Governor Nelson State Park is a 422-acre (171 ha) Wisconsin state park in Waunakee, Dane County, Wisconsin on the shore of Lake Mendota. It is named for former Wisconsin Governor Gaylord Nelson. On most days the Wisconsin State Capitol building can be seen in nearby Madison. Common activities include boating, fishing, picnicking and swimming. There is also a boat launch and a swimming area for pets. Away from the lake one can find restored prairie and savanna, effigy mounds, hiking trails and ski trails. Governor Nelson State Park is one of the few Wisconsin state parks that does not allow overnight camping.[ citation needed]

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