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Capital Springs State Recreation Area
IUCN Category V (Protected Landscape/Seascape)
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Capital Springs State Recreation Area, April 2014
Location Dane, Wisconsin, United States
Area 3,000 acres (12 km2)
Established 2000
Governing body Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
Website Capital Springs State Recreation Area

Capital Springs State Recreation Area is a state park unit of Wisconsin, United States, in development just south of Madison. The total area of the park is 3,000 acres (1,200 ha), with 326 acres (132 ha) designated as a state park. The park was authorized in 2000, the centennial of the Wisconsin state park system. The park includes 3,700 feet (1,100 m) of undeveloped shoreline on Lake Waubesa. The recreation area incorporates existing Dane County parks, and the site will be jointly managed by the state and the county. The property includes Native American archaeological sites that were listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1978 as Lake Farms Archaeological District.

Activities and amenities

  • Trails: The park offers 6 miles (9.7 km) of hiking trails and a 9-mile (14 km) section of the Capital City State Trail. Trails are groomed for cross-country skiing in winter.
  • Boating, canoeing, and fishing are offered on Lake Waubesa. Picnic grounds are near the lake shore.
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