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New boat launch improves access to Fish Lake in northwest Dane County

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DANE COUNTY (WKOW) -- A new boat landing opened today at the Lussier County Park, improving access to Fish Lake in northwest Dane County.

Lussier County Park is a 19 acre park located in the town of Roxbury on the east shore of Fish Lake. 

The existing boat landing at Fish Lake County Park has parking for approximately five vehicles with trailers and requires users to back across Fish Lake Road on a corner when launching their boats, according to a news release from the county executive's office. 

The new boat landing will include 13 trailer stalls, eight car stalls, trailer and car ADA accessible parking, an ADA accessible path to the boat ramp pier and storm water infiltration basins. The project cost $620,000 with $420,000 from Dane County and the additional funding from a DNR grant. The existing Fish Lake County Park boat landing will remain for canoe/kayak carry-in access.

In addition to the new boat landing, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources staff awarded the Dane County Land and Water Resource Department a Fisheries Management External Partner Award and the Fishing Expo awarded Dane County $50,000 for to continue planning for a boat launch on Crystal Lake.

“I am proud of this new boat launch that will allow more people to enjoy the wonderful beauty of Fish Lake,” Dane County Executive Joe Parisi was quoted as saying at the opening. “I want to thank the Fishing Expo for their continued partnership that will allow more people to access our wonderful lakes.”

Lussier County Park encompasses approximately 130 acres and 4,000 feet of public shoreline, providing direct access to Fish Lake.

The park offers a boat launch facility and hiking trails and also is popular for shore fishing and wildlife observation. Fish Lake, known as a kettle lake, is one of the largest and deepest lakes in the county at around 200 acres in size and 62’ maximum depth. It was formed when the last glacier retreated from the area, leaving behind a large ice chunk which melted and created a large depression. The lake contains northern pike, large mouth bass and panfish.

Dane County Land and Water Resources Department won the Fisheries Management External Partner Award. This award recognizes external partners in forwarding the mission and goals of the WDNR Fisheries Management program through their contributions to area fisheries resources and improved access to those resources.

“The Dane County Land and Water Resources Department does an amazing job every day to protect our resources for our kids and grandkids to enjoy,” Parisi said. “I am so proud of the work they do and thank them for their efforts.”

Individual staff that were recognized for their work were Kevin Connors, Darren Marsh, Pete Jopke, Chris James, John Reimer, and Sara Rigelman. The High profile projects included are Lake Kegonsa Carp Telemetry and Removal project, Indian Lake Carp Removal and Management, Mud Lake Carp Removal, Lake Waubesa shoreline habitat improvement associated with the Lower Yahara River Trail, Sugar River habitat improvement and demonstration project at the Dane County Basco Wildife Area.

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