Prairie Moraine Park offers Ice Age Trail hikers on this ridge views of a ravine
cut in the Johnstown Moraine by meltwater and the upper Sugar River Valley in the
Driftless Area to the south. Dog walkers in the park below have an outstanding
view of the ridge, ravine, and the moraine itself.
Prairie Moraine Friends, Inc. now has an official Facebook page.
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about the park you love. Thank you!
Dane County Parks, Ice Age Trail Alliance, and Prairie Moraine Friends, Inc.
are the three primary partners of Prairie Moraine County Park. Several other businesses and community and nonprofit organizations provide volunteer and in-kind services to enhance one of the most visited parks in the county
On behalf of all the staff at Dane County Parks, I want to thank the Prairie Moraine Friends and the Ice Age Trail Alliance for all your amazing work in 2020. There have been a number of challenges even beyond the pandemic, but I know that I can speak for all staff in saying we’ve been truly amazed with the passion, dedication and strength of all the volunteers. The ability to educate and improve the quality of the park for all users has been recognized by our community. I commend all of you on your accomplishments in 2020 and wish everyone the very best as we move into the New Year.
Darren Marsh, Parks Director
Dane County Land & Water Resources Department
5201 Fen Oak Drive
Madison WI 53718
Added in the Summer of 2020 is an area planted with over 40 species of native Wisconsin prairie grasses and wildflowers. It will act as a second pollinator garden and as a preview for the prairie restoration work in the park.
Walk 2.6 kilometers or 1.6 miles of beautiful trails in the northern half of Prairie Moraine Park, watch for the twelve marked posts, and read or listen to a guided tour as you go.
Thanks to the Upper Sugar River Watershed Association and tour guide Dave Lonsdorf.
Newly planted in Spring of 2020 is a pollinator garden with over 30 species of Wisconsin wildflowers to support our native pollinators including butterflies, birds, and bees.
Prairie Moraine Friends support the development and restoration of Prairie Moraine Park, a public park owned and operated by Dane County. Our purpose is to assist Dane County with the maintenance of healthy, safe, and stimulating hiking and dog exercise areas in a natural forest, oak savanna, and prairie community.
The work of Dane County Parks' natural areas program has been ongoing for some 20 years or more in the Ice Age Trail portion of the park. Enjoy the beauty and quiet of the restored oak woodlands, savanna, and prairie communities.
Created in 1994, Prairie Moraine Park was one of the first off-leash dog parks to be established in the U.S.
At 80 acres, Prairie Moraine Park's off-leash dog exercise area is the largest in the county. An additional 12-acre parcel at the southwest end of the park has been purchased - to be fenced and added to the off-leash area in 2021.
The northern half of the park features the Ice Age National Scenic Trail corridor.
Dogs are welcome in this portion of the park as well, but - as part of the Ice Age Trail - they must be kept on leash.
Prairie Moraine Friends and other park volunteers work to control invasive species and protect native habitat.
The Trail Ambassador Program is a self-directed effort for volunteers who want to help at the park but have day-to-day scheduling conflicts. “Trail Ambassadors” clean park trails, learn about park resources, and share their knowledge with others.
Permit is valid at all Dane County Parks, City of Madison Parks, City of Sun Prairie Parks and City of Middleton Parks. Purchasing through the Dane County Parks Store ensures the money goes to support your favorite dog park.
Winner of Madison Magazine's
"Best of Madison 2019"
for Dog Park
★ Prairie Moraine County Park
★ Badger Prairie Dog Park
★ Token Creek County Park
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