Door Creek Watershed Bike Loop


About the Watershed

Door Creek flows into Lake Kegonsa, the most southern of the Yahara River chain of lakes. The land that drains to the creek is called its watershed. Everything that happens on the land impacts the quality of the water. The creek currently suffers from silty stream beds and high nutrient loads from the surrounding landscape. During the summer months, these nutrients feed blue-green algae and nuisance aquatic plants in Lake Kegonsa. The Dane County Land and Water Resources Department has developed a watershed management plan for Door Creek with the goal of improving water quality.


About the Route

This route will take you nearly 26 miles, starting in the watershed’s urban area and then traveling through scenic rolling agricultural landscapes in the drumlin-marsh area of eastern Dane County. All roads are paved. Information about the route is available in the following formats:


Tell Us What You Think

After you have ridden the route, fill out this survey and let us know what you think! Respond by June 15, 2017 for the chance to win a State Trail Pass or Dane County Mountain Bike Trail Pass.     


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Snap some photos along the way and email them to We may use them to help promote the route!