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Lake Kegonsa State Park

Lake Kegonsa State Park entrance

Lake Kegonsa State Park is one of those places that people motor right on past on the way to more interesting spots farther north along I-90. It is just south of Madison near the town of Stoughton. While there is good reason to keep driving north, there is also good reason to stop by for a visit in the winter.

Lake Kegonsa does not have the marquee skiing options like Kettle Moraine or Blue Mound State Park; however, there are a few nice trails and the state park does a good job of keeping the trails maintained.  So far this winter, it has been one of the few places in Wisconsin with dependable snow, which of course is always a reason to visit.

1. Do they have trail for cross-country skiing
Yes +1

Lake Kegonsa State Park

Cross-country skiing Lake Kegonsa State Park Green Trail

2.  Size of the Trail system
Lake Kegonsa has 6 miles of trails divided into five loops. The longest loop is two miles and the smallest is .36 miles. +.50

3. Groomed Trails
Lake Kegonsa grooms for both classic and skate, and the park is very on top of managing the trails. +1

4.  No hikers allowed
When I was on the trail a family with a dog foolishly tried to walk the green trail. Very quickly someone dissuaded them of this idea. It is actually a state statute in Wisconsin that people cannot walk on designated ski trails. I love Wisconsin. +1

5.  Good hills
The best hill is on the Yellow Trail going down to the lake. The green trail also has a couple of good ones, but most of the park is pretty tame. +.50

Lake Kegonsa State Park

Lake Kegonsa State Park cross-country ski trail

6.  Well marked trails
The trails are well marked with signs all over the place with “you are here” nuts bolted into the map, so it is virtually impossible to get lost. Plus the trails are all very short.  +1

7.  Website with conditions posted
There are two websites that post Kegonsa conditions: the state park site and the MadNorski Club. +1

Lake Kegonsa State Park

Lake Kegonsa State Park

8-10 Intangibles:

Lake Kegonsa is a nice park with some nice trails. One thing I do not like about it is the shortness of the trails. In the Kettle Moraines there is always one trail 5 miles longer or more that separates the men from the boys. You get on these longer trails and it keeps skiers from getting bottle-necked, and you get that great feeling of being alone and of solitude. You do not get this at Lake Kegonsa.  +1 out of 3

Total score – 7 out of 10, which I think is a fair score considering it is not a top notch skiing state park, but they do a great job with what they have.


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