Moving to McFarland, WI: The Ultimate Guide

Today, McFarland boasts an active chamber of commerce and a friendly population of nearly 8,000 residents. Lake Waubesa, the Yahara River and Lower Mud Lake provide natural beauty and recreation on both water and land. In addition, the planned Lower Yahara River Bike Trail will link Madison’s Capital City Trail with McFarland’s McDaniel Park and will offer access to many additional state trails in a region that celebrates the great outdoors. 

Moving to McFarland? Contact Audra Geldmacher at (608) 577-8318 or Wanda Roche at 608-212-2928 or email [email protected] with any questions that you have.


Schools & Education

McFarland School District – The District consistently ranks among the top districts academically in Dane County and in the State of Wisconsin. The most recent report cards from the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction recognizes all five of McFarland’s brick-and-mortar schools as “Exceeding Expectations” or “Significantly Exceeding Expectations,” based on composite scores that take into account student test scores, graduation rates and similar benchmarks.


Green Lantern Restaurant
4412 Siggelkow Rd
McFarland, WI 53558
(608) 838-4730
Palenque Mexican Bar and Grill
5906 US-51
McFarland, WI 53558
(608) 838-1933
Angelo’s McFarland
4706 Farwell St
McFarland, WI 53558
(608) 838-2233
Byrnes McFarland Tavern
5915 Exchange St
McFarland, WI 53558
(608) 838-6012
Maple Tree Supper Club
6010 US-51
McFarland, WI 53558
(608) 838-5888
Christy’s Landing
2952 Waubesa Ave
Madison, WI 53711
(608) 222-5391

Area Highlights

Lower Yahara River Trail is a nearly 2.5-mile trail that provides an off-road trail connection between Madison, WI and McFarland. It includes the longest inland boardwalk bridge constructed solely for non-motorized transportation in North America.

Babcock County Park is named after Stephen Babcock, Wisconsin dairy scientist, known internationally for discovering the method for determining the percentage of butterfat found in milk. Located on the east side of Lake Waubesa at the outflow of the Yahara River near the Village of McFarland on U.S. Highway 51. Has a boat launch and campgrounds.

McFarland Historical Society offers a well-curated Museum, Norwegian log cabin, and an annex featuring early farming displays located at 5814 Main Street in McFarland. 

Lake Waubesa is one of the four major lakes in Dane County, Wisconsin that surround the city of Madison. Lake Waubesa is a great place to fish, boat, tube, jet ski, water ski.

Secret Places Park is located just north of McFarland on Madison’s far southeast side. This 7 acre neighborhood park includes two basketball courts, volleyball and playground.

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Moving to McFarland? Contact Audra Geldmacher at (608) 577-8318 or Wanda Roche at 608-212-2928 or email [email protected] with any questions that you have.

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