What’s in store for the lakeshore? Check out Lakeshore Nature Preserve’s master plan for upcoming changes.

Picnic Point is a major feature of the Lakeshore Nature Preserve, and some big changes are on the horizon.

Lakeshore Nature Preserve Frautschi Center rendering: two-story tan brick building with a pergola-covered balcony

The new Visitor Center is made possible by Madison philanthropist Jerry Frautschi. | Rendering via Lakeshore Nature Preserve

The new Lakeshore Nature Preserve master plan aims to protect and preserve the area while expanding outreach.

One major goal is to improve safety on public trails. Prone to erosion, the organization plans on restoring the trails and making them better accessible to all.

As for Picnic Point structures — recommended improvements include the removal of the beach house and the removal or rebuilding of fire circles one, four, and five.

The addition of interpretive signage would include collaborative Indigenous sharing of language and culture. The Lakeshore Nature Preserve is home to four Ho-Chunk burial mound sites.

Lakeshore Nature Preserve Frautschi Center

Madison philanthropist Jerry Frautschi’s $14.3 million gift will fund the construction of the Lakeshore Nature Preserve Frautschi Center, set to open in 2026.

Situated outside the stone wall at the Picnic Point entrance, the Living Building will enhance access to the 300-acre preserve, promote sustainability and experiential learning, and honor the Ho-Chunk Nation’s heritage.

Information on a $5 million fundraiser campaign is coming soon.

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