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Phone (608) 262-2511 -- Campus Event Services (to make a reservation)
Picnic Point, a nearly mile-long peninsula along Lake Mendota's south shore, is among Madison's most distinctive features. It was acquired in two parcels, on 3/27/39 and 7/3/41. Total area equals 128.9 acres.
The Lakeshore Nature Preserve website has extensive information on Picnic Point. Sections on the page include Human History, Natural History, Visiting and Recreation, Getting Here and Restoration and Plans.
UW News release 'Picnic Point: Nicer Than Ever' by David Tenenbaum, March 14, 2012, describes recent changes to the Point.
Picnic Point has six fire circles, which may be used for campfires. For complete information on use of fire circles (including information regarding reservations and permits), please see http://www.lakeshorepreserve.wisc.edu/work/firecircle_reservations.htm. (Includes an image showing the locations of fire circles).