Silverwood County Park
Silverwood County Park is located in the Town of Albion on the far southeastern edge of Dane County. The property, named after the Silverwood Family, was donated to Dane County in 2001 by Irene Silverwood after it had been in the Silverwood family since 1870. The Park is approximately 300 acres and is a mix of agricultural fields, woodland, and Rice Lake shoreline. Pursuant to the wishes of Mrs. Silverwood, the Park was leased out for agricultural production for the first several years of County ownership and therefore park planning and development did not begin until 2013. Mrs. Silverwood’s husband, Russell Silverwood, served on the Dane County Board of Supervisors from 1949 to 1963, while being Chair of the Town of Albion Board, and was a long-standing member of the Dane County Agriculture and Finance Committees and Fair Board. Mrs. Silverwood was a career business education teacher in Rockford and Edgerton for 44 years. Currently, the park facilities are under development. A rustic lake access site has been developed on Sweet Lake and a boat portage has been established to access Rice Lake. Hiking trails are under construction and should be open late in 2016. A portable toilet is usually available at the parking area off of the Silver Lane entrance.
The Friends of Silverwood Park host a variety of events and volunteer projects at the park. The size of the park and recreational amenities offered will expand over time -- future park development and designated uses are outlined in the Silverwood County Park Master Plan. Additional documents can be found on the Silverwood County Park Master Plan webpage.