Lake Kegonsa State Park is located in the south of Wisconsin, with excellent connections to Madison, Janesville, and Rockford, IL. Sandwiched between the bigger, and arguably more popular Lakes Koshkonong and Lake Mendota, consider an RV rental in Dane County to get away from the crowds.
Lake Kegonsa is one of many lakes that were formed as a result of the Wisconsin Glacier, which covered the vast majority of the state over ten thousand years ago. When the glacier began to retreat north, it’s meltwaters deposited huge stones, rocks, and layers of sand to create the landscapes that we can see in Lake Kegonsa State Park now.
As well as the vast lake, Lake Kegonsa State Park covers over 3,000 acres of forest, prairie, and wetlands. With miles of hiking trails as well as excellent boating and fishing opportunities, renting an RV here opens up a myriad of outdoor recreational activities.
Situated on the shores of Lake Kegonsa, there are heaps of water-based activities to do when you rent a camper near Lake Kegonsa State Park. Boating is one of the most popular ways to enjoy the lake. If you have your own boat, make use of the boat launch that makes getting out onto the water a piece of cake. Close by to the launch is a designated boat rack, an ideal accessory if you are motorhome camping here for a few days. For those that don’t have their own boat, it is possible to rent a kayak or canoe from several local vendors dotted around the lake’s shoreline. Do take note that the lake is restricted to non-motorised vessels here only!
Keen anglers RV camping at Lake Kegonsa State Park should bring their fishing kit and try and catch one of the many species of fish that inhabit the waters here. In fact, Lake Kegonsa gets its name from the native American word ‘Kegonsa’ which translates as ‘lake of many fish’. Fishing is lucrative at any time of the year, however, it can be particularly fruitful during spring and summer when you can expect to catch largemouth bass, northern pike, musky and catfish.
Hiking is also a popular way to explore Lake Kegonsa State Park. With more than five miles of trails that wind through diverse landscapes, it is easy to get lost in nature here. The White Oak Nature Trail provides a great introduction to the native flora and fauna in the park with a 1.3-mile paved path complete with informative signs. Discover trees and wildflowers that you have never seen before and witness some historic Indian Mounds. After your adventures, why not take a quick dip in the lake to cool down at the small sandy beach, complete with changing rooms and toilets.
Camping at Lake Kegonsa State Park
Camping at Lake Kegonsa State Park is possible from May through to November in the wooded camping area located within the park. With nearly 100 sites to choose from, the majority of which can be reserved in advance, campers can find a site to suit them in this vast park.
This pet-friendly campsite equips all sites with a picnic table and fire pit. A small minority of the sites also come facilitated with electrical hookups, although make sure to book well in advance to guarantee one of these sought after spots.
The length of the campsites also vary, so make sure to mention how big your rig is at the time of booking! Some of the sites can accommodate rigs up to 120 feet so you shouldn’t be stuck for somewhere to stay, no matter how big your rig! Two of the sites also cater to campers with disabilities.
Though there are no water hookup facilities, there are water stations littered through the campsite and a modern, well-maintained washroom close to the entrance of the park.
Exploring the Area
Just a twenty-minute drive from Lake Kegonsa State Park is the city of Madison. Full of museums, galleries and other family-friendly activities, why not pop to Madison with your RV rental for a day of sightseeing.
Henry Vilas Zoo is located in the middle of the city and is great fun for the whole family. Established in 1911, this zoo was originally opened by a local family who in remembrance of their son who died at a young age. Hoping to make animal education accessible for all, they vowed that the zoo would remain to be free admission for all for its lifetime. They recently held a fundraiser and raised over $20 million to renovate the zoo and have added some impressive bear enclosures that will wow children and adults alike.
The Madison Museum of Contemporary Art is a must-visit for any budding creatives with a rental RV nearby. Located on the corner of two main streets and houses in a glass façade, this building is somewhat of an icon in Madison. Free to the public, there is a whole range of art of show here; from immersive sound installations to a sculpture park and everything in between. Make sure to check out the charming Fresco restaurant and gift store whilst you are there.
To end your whirlwind tour of Madison, pop into the Wisconsin Historical Museum to learn all about the state’s diverse history. With a wide range of exhibitions on show bursting with artifacts, full-scale dioramas, audio-visual films, and interactive workshops, there is plenty here to entertain the whole family for the afternoon. Maintaining their motto ‘to connect people with the past’, they also organize a historical walking tour of Madison every week, which is well worth your time.