There are many bike trails in the area that go near Dane County waters. The Madison Area Metropolitan Planning Organization has produced a county map that is especially useful for bicyclists. You can download the map from their website and plan routes to your favorite lakes, streams and wetlands. There are also a few water routes listed below if you want a more in depth tour of our local waters.


Water Routes

Door Creek Watershed Bike Route

This route will take you nearly 26-miles through the Door Creek Watershed.  The ride travels through the watershed’s urban area and through scenic rolling agricultural landscapes in the drumlin-marsh area of eastern Dane County. Visit our Door Creek Bike Route webpage to learn more.

Lake Wingra Watershed Bicycle Tour

Students in the Water Resources Management Program at the University of Wisconsin developed bicycle routes for the Lake Wingra Watershed (PDF). This map gives you three possible routes and describes some of the notable landmarks along the way.

Lower Yahara River Trail

Dane County Parks and several partner organizations have been working since 2008 to design a multi-use bicycle pedestrian trail that will extend approximately 2.5 miles from the Capital City Trail at Lake Farm County Park to McDaniel Park in the Village of McFarland. The trail will also include an accessible fishing pier near the railroad trestle and bumpout rest/observation areas. Future phases of the Lower Yahara River Trail are planned to extend to the City of Stoughton. Visit the Dane County Parks website for more information and to learn about opportunities for commuters.