DNR: Construction on bike trail to Lake Kegonsa State Park to start in 2023

MADISON, Wis. — Construction for a brand new bike trail that will connect a pair of state and county parks is expected to start next year, according to the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.

The trail, which will connect Lake Kegonsa State Park in Stoughton to Fish Camp County Park in McFarland, was donated to the DNR by Dane County officials. Once completed, it’ll serve as a segment of the Lower Yahara River Trail that county leaders have been working on since 2017.

County leaders are still working to finalize planning, design and engineering work. The DNR’s Natural Resources Board approved the donation during a meeting on April 13.

This new section will start at a parking lot trailhead near the fish net houses in Fish Camp County Park and will run south along the eastern shore of Lake Kegonsa.

The full trail will eventually reach west to the Capital City State Trail at William G. Lunney Lake Farm County Park and south to the City of Stoughton.

“This new trail section is an important piece to connect our state and county natural and recreational resources and strengthen the partnership between state and county governments in providing outdoor activities to a wide variety of users,” DNR Recreation Liaison Sara Rigelman said. “The trail is a great way for commuters, local residents and tourists to get out and explore.”

Once completed, the Lower Yahara River Trail will span 7.5 miles and accommodate non-motorized uses including hiking, biking and more.

DNR officials said the trail includes access to fishing piers, restrooms and shelters. It also offers views of the lake, marshes and prairies that line the trail.