Description - Lake Kegonsa State Park encompasses 342 acres of land accentuated by 3,209 acres of water. Once inhabited by the ancient Effigy Mound Builders, evidence of their efforts are still visible along the White Oak Nature Trail. Wildlife habitats at the park vary from white oak woodlands to prairie restoration to pine plantation including virgin timber.
- Much of the Lake Kegonsa State Park activities evolve around the 3,029-acre lake. Good populations of walleye, pike, muskie, and pan fish exist. Two launches give access to anglers, boaters, and water-skiers.
Camping at the state park includes 80 rustic sites located under large shade trees. Modern amenities and firewood are for sale during the warmer months. Three tent group sites accommodate groups as large as 20 persons. Amenities at the group sites include water, horseshoe pits, picnic shelter and vault toilets. A trail connects the campground to the swimmer's beach. Camping reservations are available online or by calling a toll-free reservation number. Contact information is listed below.
Day use areas are scattered throughout the park. Two reservable picnic shelters, play areas and easy to moderate trails are found at most sites. The beach area features picnic tables and grills, changing area, outdoor showers, drink machine and pay telephone. Visitors may borrow horseshoes, volleyballs, and children's fishing poles.
Four miles of earthen path explore white oak woodlands, prairie restoration tract, and pine forests. One of the most visited trails is the White Oak Nature Trail, which leads to ancient effigies. The interpretive trail informs visitors about the park's habitats. Park roads are great for in-line skating and hiking. Over 5 miles of trail is groomed for winter cross-country skiing.
Pets are permitted in the campground, pet beach and walking area.
Located west of the park is Rustic Road 20. In Dane County from Dyreson Road to Schneider Road travelers see fertile farmland, mature wooded areas, and expansive views of Lake Kegonsa.
Recreation - Recreations enjoyed at Lake Kegonsa State Park include boating, fishing, swimming, waterskiing, camping, group camping, hiking, and cross-country skiing.
Climate - Southeast Wisconsin has four distinct seasons with warm summers and long winters. January's average temperature is above 16 degrees F (-9 degrees C). Average July temperature is 85 degrees F (29 degrees C). During summer, temperatures can climb to above 90 degrees F (32 degrees C). The area's average yearly precipitation ranges from 32-34". Annual snowfalls in the Southeast Region can range from 20 - 50". Dressing in layers is a good way to remain comfortable in Wisconsin.
Lake Kegonsa State Park is located 4 miles north of Stoughton in southern Wisconsin.