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Please observe the following rules and regulations
when using Brown County Parks:
Dog-Friendly Parks, on-leash only:
  • Barkhausen Waterfowl Preserve, south of Lineville Road
  • Bay Shore Park
  • Fairgrounds, except during organized events
  • Neshota Park
  • Pamperin Park
  • State rail trails, including: Fox River Trail, Mountain-Bay Trail, and Devils River Trail (on leashes no longer than 5-feet long)
  • Brown County Pet Exercise Area (Dog Park), small and large dog off-leash fenced areas
  • All boat landing areas for launch users
Rules for Dog-Friendly Parks:
  • A one-year trial is in effect for allowing dogs in several park areas. The County Board will review this policy in May 2018
  • Dogs must be leashed at all times (8-feet or less, unless listed above)
  • Dogs not allowed on groomed ski trails or mountain bike trails
  • Dogs are not allowed in playgrounds, designated picnic areas or buildings
  • Dog owners are responsible for the clean-up and removal of dog waste
  • No more than three dogs per person on any one visit
  • Dogs must be licensed and current on rabies vaccines
  • Female dogs in heat are prohibited
  • Aggressive dogs are not permitted
*Brown County park areas not listed do not allow dogs
  • All County Parks observe a "Carry-In/Carry-Out" trash policy. Please bring along a trash bag to take waste and recyclables with you when you leave the park.
  • Smoking is prohibited in all County Park buildings, within all playgrounds and at Fonferek's Glen Park
  • Hunting for animals is permitted only in specially designated areas during certain seasons as established by the Brown County Board of Supervisors.
  • Removing, molesting, defacing, or destroying plants (including seeds, roots or other plant parts), downed wood, fungi, animals, rocks, minerals, fossil materials or archeological artifacts on County Park lands is prohibited except for the following:
* Edible fruits, edible nuts, wild mushrooms and wild asparagus may be removed by hand for the purpose of personal consumption by the collector. “Edible fruits” means fleshy fruits from plants including apples, plums, pears, blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, juneberries and strawberries that are harvested for human consumption. “Edible nuts” means walnuts, hickory nuts, acorns and other similar nuts from trees and shrubs

* For educational or research purposes with written permission from the Park Director or designee
  • ATV's and off-road vehicles are not permitted on County Park land.
  • Snowmobiles are permitted only on designated marked trails.

Park Hours:

Park Department Office

Monday-Friday

8:00 am – 4:30 pm

Boat Landings

Boat landings are open:

1 hour before sunrise until sunset
Launching boats:
1 hour before sunrise until 10PM
Retrieving boats:
Boats may be retrieved from water at any hour
Fishing at launches:
1 hour before sunrise until 10:00pm

*Boat launch hours will be extended for FISHING PURPOSES ONLY to 11:00pm at our boat launches when the ice is out until the Friday of Memorial weekend. This option is not available until the ice is out and we open the gates at Bay Shore.
Campgrounds
at
Bay Shore Park

Set-up/take-down permitted between the hours of 6AM-10PM
Check-out is at 3PM
Quiet Time is 10PM - 8AM (no radios, TV, noise, etc.)
Only registered campers after 11 PM

Grounds Areas
in County Parks

Barkhausen Waterfowl Preserve and Mountain-Bay Trail

Sunrise - Sunset
Reforestation Camp Snowmobile & Cross-Country Ski Trails
Sunrise - 11PM
Pamperin Park Grounds when rented for a function
10AM - Sunset (except Garden Area)
Fox River Trail
5AM - 9PM
All other County Park Areas
8AM - Sunset

Rifle Range at the
Reforestation Camp

Dates/hours established seasonally.
Usually opening the last two Saturdays in September
10AM-4PM, Saturdays & Sundays in October 8AM-4PM, and Daily in November 8AM-4PM until the Thursday before the start of Deer Gun Season

Shelter Buildings

Most park shelters are available for rental between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 10:00 p.m. Premises must be cleaned and vacated prior to 10:00 p.m. Pamperin and Reforestation Camp shelters can be rented until 12:00 a.m. (midnight) for an additional fee. The option of having the shelter opened one hour earlier (9:00am) is available for an additional fee. Shelters are not available on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Years Eve and New Years Day. Shelters are available on Easter and Thanksgiving with additional fees.

West Shore
Interpretive Center
At Barkhausen Waterfowl Preserve

Monday-Friday

9AM-4PM
Saturday & Sunday
Closed Holidays
12PM-4PM

Winter Warming Shelters
for Skiers & Snowmobilers

(Approximately Dec.1-Mar.31)

Neshota Park Shelter:

Daily 8AM-4PM
(weather permitting, and only for cross-country skiers and snowmobilers during winter)
Reforestation Camp Lodge: (when ski & snowmobile trails are open)
Lodge Hall Area
Monday-Friday 9AM-4PM
Saturday & Sunday 9AM-5PM
Restrooms and Changing Rooms
5AM-10PM daily (outside access)
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