Greater Madison Lake Guide - Summer 2017

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What's in Your Boathouse?

28 Directory


Our Lakes Calendar 2017

37 Stop the Invasion!


Tyler Leeper, Community Builder

38 Go Jump in the Lake


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Map of Our Lakes


Did You Know?

Our lakes are full of interesting stories, factoids, and history. Here is just a sample of some things you may not know about our wonderful lakes.


Four Tips for a Better Boating Experience


Dive Right In!

Madison’s lakes are the perfect launching point to a day of family fun.


20 What Can You Do to Help?

Have you ever heard the saying, "It takes a village"? We can't improve our lakes without your help. Please consider doing your part to make our lakes the best they can be.

22 The Science of Our Lakes 26 Fun on Madison Lakes

Thank you to the following photographers who donated their beautiful images to this guide: Jeff Halverson Photography LLC, Joe Garza Photography, Lawrence Erdman, Thomas Klingele, and Tree-Hollow Cottage Photography.

Cover photo courtesy of Lawrence Erdman. Lake Mendota at Marshall Park in Middleton. Contents photo courtesy of Joe Garza Photography. Lake Monona.

Clean Lakes Alliance 150 East Gilman Street, Suite 2600, Madison, WI 53703 Clean Lakes Alliance office space is provided by Foley & Lardner, LLP. Clean Lakes Alliance Greater Madison Lake Guide is an official publication of Clean Lakes Alliance and published annually by HYPE Communications. No part of this publication may be reprinted or otherwise reproduced without permission. Every effort is made to make this guide accurate. Some information is subject to change without notice. Postmaster send address changes to Clean Lakes Alliance, 150 East Gilman Street, Suite 2600, Madison, WI 53703; 608-255-1000.

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A Message from Clean Lakes Alliance Seven years ago, our community came together and formed an alliance to improve the health of our lakes. Together, we have reignited a movement to revitalize our treasured lakes and beaches, driven by a vision where the lakes are the center of our community. Today, citizens, businesses, government agencies, scientists, policymakers, and farmers are working as one to advance new and commonsense solutions. In this second issue of the Greater Madison Lake Guide, we’ve added even more important resources and information for businesses, activities, and events associated with our lakes. This guide is an important roadmap to help people find everything from public access points and beaches, to restaurants and boat rental facilities throughout our five lakes. Once again, we have included an excerpt from our State of the Lakes Annual Report. Looking at Lakes Mendota, Monona, Wingra, Waubesa, and Kegonsa, this report covers the science behind our lakes and what actions we need to take to improve water health and clarity. Other stories in the guide that we hope you enjoy are "Tyler Leeper, Community Builder" and "Dive Right In". Madison area businesses and lake users have told us last year’s guide helped connect the dots and bring information all together in one place. We hope you will use this guide so you and your family can spend more time using one of our community’s most important assets. Finally, I would invite you to join your friends and neighbors who already support us by becoming a Friend of Clean Lakes. Donations start at just $35 and information can be found on page 20. Together, if we all realize the importance of our lakes, we can all make an impact on their health and success. In Partnership,

James Tye Executive Director Clean Lakes Alliance

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Photo courtesy of Joe Garza Photography. Aerial photo of Lakes Monona and Mendota taken at 1,100 ft. in aircraft.

Executive Board Lloyd Eagan, Chair, Wisconsin DNR, Retired Randy Peterson, V. Chair, LRP Consultants Jim West, Treasurer, Johnson Bank Marilee Gorman, Secretary, First Weber, Inc.

Mary Elvekrog, Badgerland Financial

Sarah Slack, Foley & Lardner LLP

Leslie Even, American Family Insurance

Scott Smith, Alliant Energy Corporation

Nathan Fagre, Spectrum Brands

Amy Supple, The Edgewater

Joseph Ferreri, Lands’ End

Thomas Walker, Mid-West Family Broadcasting

Peter Foy, Friends of Lake Kegonsa

Robert Weber, First Weber, Inc.

Matthew Frank, Murphy Desmond S.C.

D. Michael Mucha, Director Emeritus, Madison Metropolitan Sewerage District

Thomas Groth, Kimberly-Clark Robb Kahl, Construction Business Group

Jeff Endres, Endres Berryridge Farms LLC

Bob Karls, Wisconsin Soybean Marketing Board

Jenny Kuehn, Community Advocate

Fred Klancnik, UW-Madison Engineering

Stacey Neu, Spectrum Brands

Woody Kneppreth, Lake Waubesa Conservation Association

Brian Potts, Perkins Coie LLP James Tye, Executive Director, Clean Lakes Alliance Mike Gerner, Director Emeritus, Gerner Consulting LLC

Community Board Timothy Baker, Friends of Cherokee Marsh Roger Bannerman, USGS Wisconsin Water Science Center Paul Barbato, CUNA Mutual Group Stefanie Brouwer, Friends of Pheasant Branch Conservancy Sharon Corrigan, Dane County Board of Supervisors Katie Crawley, City of Madison Mayor, Designee

Steve Kraus, Village of Waunakee Gregory Levesque, American Transmission Company Allan Levin, Yahara Lakes Association Dave Merritt, Dane County Executive Designee Michael Nowicki, Mad-City Ski Team Rebecca Power, Dane Co. Lakes & Watershed Commission Paul Robbins, UW-Madison Nelson Institute Michael Rupiper, Capital Area Regional Planning Commission Eric Schmidt, CG Schmidt, Inc.

Glenn Reinl, Shared Medical Services, Retired Jerry Schmidt, Dream House Dream Kitchens Trey Sprinkman, Sprinkman Real Estate Jon Standridge, WI Lab of Hygiene, Retired Christopher Stark, Stark Company Realtors Russ Tieman, Kelly Financial, Inc.

Lyle Updike, Director Emeritus, Dane County Towns Association

2017 Clean Lakes Alliance Staff

Friends of Clean Lakes Board

Paul Dearlove, Watershed Program Director

Jenny Kuehn, Chair, Community Advocate

Adam Sodersten, Director of Marketing & Development

James Tye, Executive Director

Mardi Stroud, V. Chair, First Weber, Inc. Colleen Johnson, Treasurer, Johnson Bank Donald (Tripp) Stroud, Secretary, Tripp Stroud, LLC

Lauren Carpenter, Springs Window Fashions Marta Gialamas, Community Advocate Carson Goff, The Burish Group of UBS

Andy Kurth, Weed Man Lawn Care Chasidey Martin, Sprinkman Real Estate Tina Noel, Community Advocate

Katie Nicholas, Watershed Coordinator Theresa Vander Woude, Associate Manager, Communications and Digital Media

Cory A. Buye, Buye Law Office

Marilee Gorman, First Weber, Inc.

Becky Mitchell, Executive Assistant / Annual Giving Manager

Luke Huston, Marketing & Graphic Design Specialist Karla Wheelock, Bookkeeper Dea Larsen Converse, Water Quality Consultant Richard Fairchild, Business Manager Issis Macias, Watershed Engagement Manager Consultants / Contributors Joanna Burish Chris Caple

Greg Searle, Wisconsin DNR

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Amy and Joe Mueting | Lake Waubesa Q: Tell us a little about yourself. A: We purchased this property on the lake three years ago. We immediately fell in love with the beautiful western view of Lake Waubesa. The boathouse was a bonus. Q: Tell us about your boathouse. A: Our property lies in the historic Edwards Park district, on the edge of McFarland. We have been told by a previous owner that our boathouse could be up to 150 years old. The foundation is built of field stone which proves its age.

Q: Is there anything interesting or unique about your boathouse? A: In its early days, we are told, it was used as a bait shop and an outpost to deliver mail to the lake residents. We have also been told that it stored ice blocks that were collected from the lake in the winter. We would love to hear from someone who may have historic knowledge of our boathouse. Q: What items are found in your boathouse? A: Since it was a bait shop in its historical past, there are concrete minnow tanks built into the walls that are still there today. However, my favorite space is the second level. It has a cool living space equipped with a bathroom and kitchen. It is a great space to hang out or to house family and friends when they visit.

Trey and Shelly Sprinkman | Lake Mendota Q: Tell us a little about yourself. A: Shelly and I moved to Maple Bluff in 1999. We have three children, Will (15), Bella (13), and Hans (11). We own a boutique residential real estate company (Sprinkman Real Estate). I’m an original founder of the Friends of Clean Lakes, and we are passionate about reducing phosphorus and cleaning up our area lakes. Q: Tell us about your boathouse. A: Our house was renovated in 1996 and the previous owner built the boathouse. Today, we have kayaks, paddle boards, miscellaneous lake toys, and hockey goals and sticks for wintertime skating. I also keep a small college refrigerator stocked with beer and other tasty beverages for the kids.

Q: What is the most surprising, uncommon, or unexpected item in your boathouse? A: Likely, the large floating pink flamingo. Q: What do you like most about your boathouse? A: It is a great place to hide out when you need a break from the family and the hot sun. I’ll kick back with the boathouse door open and enjoy a frosty cold beer while overlooking the lake.

Becky Anderson | Lake Monona Q: Tell us about your boathouse. A: We moved to the lake in 1972 from the west side of Madison after selling a small cabin on Lake Waubesa. Quite a trip from a farm girl to a lake girl! My girls grew up with a jet boat, water skiing, inner tubing (not the fancy rafts like today), and lots of lake parties and cookouts. We always had a boatful of people.

Q: What items are found in your boathouse? A: Life jackets hanging from the ceiling, inflatables, and a BOAT. Q: Share a favorite memory or tradition you have with your boathouse. A: On the 4th of July I used to have a big party every year. There would be bands and dancing on the deck of the boathouse. It was always a lot of fun.

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May 2017 Save Our Lakes Community Breakfast Wednesday, May 3 Monona Terrace, Madison, Wisconsin

Yahara Lakes 101

Brewgrass Fridays

Shake the Lake

Friday, June 2, 9, 16, 23, and 30 The Edgewater, Madison, Wisconsin

Saturday, June 24 John Nolen Drive, Madison, Wisconsin

Live & LocALE Saturdays Saturday, June 3, 10, 17, and 24 The Edgewater, Madison, Wisconsin

Mad-City Ski Team Show

Thursday, May 11 The Edgewater, Madison, Wisconsin 8:00am-9:00am

Sunday, June 4, 11, 18, and 25 Law Park, Madison, WI 5:15pm

Live & LocALE Saturdays

Yahara Lakes 101

Saturday, May 27 The Edgewater, Madison, Wisconsin

Mad-City Ski Team Show Sunday, May 28 Law Park, Madison, WI 5:15pm

Thursday, June 8 The Edgewater, Madison, Wisconsin 8:00am-9:00am

Facts and a Flick Tuesday, June 13, 20, and 27 The Edgewater, Madison, Wisconsin

Duck Dash

June 2017 Concerts on the Rooftop Thursday, June 1, 8, 15, and 29 Monona Terrace, Madison, Wisconsin

First Thursdays Thursday, June 1 The Edgewater, Madison, Wisconsin

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Saturday, June 17 Wingra Boats, Madison, Wisconsin

Badger Bass Open Saturday, June 24 Madison Chain of Lakes, McFarland, Wisconsin

July 2017 Live & LocALE Saturdays Saturday, July 1, 8, 15, 22, and 29 The Edgewater, Madison, Wisconsin

Mad-City Ski Team Show Sunday, July 2, 9, 16, and 30 Law Park, Madison, WI 5:15pm

Facts and a Flick Tuesday, July 4, 11, 18, and 25 The Edgewater, Madison, Wisconsin

First Thursdays Live music on Thursday, July 6 The Edgewater, Madison, Wisconsin

Brewgrass Fridays Friday, July 7, 14, 21, and 28 The Edgewater, Madison, Wisconsin

Concerts on the Rooftop Thursday, July 13 and 20 Monona Terrace, Madison, Wisconsin

Photo courtesy of Jeff Halverson Photography LLC. Fireworks on Lake Monona from Becky Anderson’s boathouse (see page 9).

Yahara Lakes 101 Thursday, July 13 The Edgewater, Madison, Wisconsin 8:00am-9:00am

Loop the Lake Bike Ride Saturday, July 29 Olbrich Park, Madison, Wisconsin

Paddle & Portage Saturday, July 29 James Madison and Olbrich Parks, Madison, Wisconsin

Shoreline Swim Saturday, July 29 Law Park, Madison, Wisconsin

August 2017 Facts and a Flick Tuesday, August 1, 8, 15, 22, and 29 The Edgewater, Madison, Wisconsin

First Thursdays Live music on Thursday, August 3 The Edgewater, Madison, Wisconsin

Brewgrass Fridays Friday, August 4, 11, 18, and 25 The Edgewater, Madison, Wisconsin

Madison Area Antique and Classic Boat Show

Great Taste of the Midwest

Yahara Lakes 101

Saturday, August 12 Olin Park, Madison, Wisconsin

Thursday, October 12 The Edgewater, Madison, Wisconsin 8:00am-9:00am

September 2017 Live & LocALE Saturdays Saturday, September 2 The Edgewater, Madison, Wisconsin

Mad-City Ski Team Show Sunday, September 3 Law Park, Madison, WI 5:15pm

Ironman Wisconsin Sunday, September 10 Madison, Wisconsin

Friday, August 4 Boats will be touring Lake Waubesa, Lake Monona, and Lake Mendota Saturday, August 5 Christy’s Landing, Madison, Wisconsin

Thursday, September 14 The Edgewater, Madison, Wisconsin 8:00am-9:00am

Live & LocALE Saturdays

Fore! Lakes Golf Outing

Saturday, August 5, 12, 19, and 26 The Edgewater, Madison, Wisconsin

Mad-City Ski Team Show Sunday, August 6, 20, and 27 Law Park, Madison, WI 5:15pm

Yahara Lakes 101 Thursday, August 10 The Edgewater, Madison, Wisconsin 8:00am-9:00am

Yahara Lakes 101

Monday, September 18 Maple Bluff Country Club, Madison, Wisconsin

Midwest College Shootout September 23-24 Madison Chain of Lakes, Madison, Wisconsin

October 2017

November 2017 Yahara Lakes 101 Thursday, November 9 The Edgewater, Madison, Wisconsin 8:00am-9:00am

December 2017 Mendota Freeze Contest Begins Friday, December 1

January 2018 Yahara Lakes 101 Thursday, January 11 The Edgewater, Madison, Wisconsin 8:00am-9:00am

February 2018 Frozen Assets Friday – Sunday, February 2, 3, and 4 The Edgewater, Madison, Wisconsin

Yahara Lakes 101 Thursday, February 8 The Edgewater, Madison, Wisconsin 8:00am-9:00am

Imagine a Day Without Water Thursday, October 12 Local restaurants in Madison

Photo courtesy of Jeff Halverson Photography LLC. Ironman swimmers on Lake Monona.

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For more than two decades, a local entrepreneur has been at the center of recreation on Madison area lakes. Tyler Leeper, owner of Madison Boats, provides light watercraft for the general public to experience the beauty and wonder of lakes within the Yahara Watershed. With a livery of canoes, kayaks, stand-up paddle boards, and a variety of other water-ready accessories Leeper operates locations on Lake Wingra, at Brittingham Park on Monona Bay, and a new facility at Marshall Park on Lake Mendota. For a nominal fee, local residents and visitors alike can rent the equipment they need to enjoy the pleasure of time on the water.


ooked on the outdoors at an early age, Leeper started his career at the Wingra Boats, now Madison Boats, when he was just 14 years old. Raised around the DungeonMonroe neighborhood on Madison’s near west side, he spent his summers working at the small boat rental. He enjoyed the challenge of managing the leisurely play of others, keeping the well-used equipment 12 Greater Madison Lake Guide | Summer 2017

in good repair, and having fun of his own with friends and co-workers paddling the waters of this beautiful lake. With the exception of one year he spent working on water quality issues for the Wisconsin Public Interest Research Group (WISPIRG), he’s been there ever since. “I keep trying to find other jobs, other opportunities, and I have done a number

of different things, but I can’t find much better than this,” Leeper said. “Each time I go off in a different direction, I keep finding more purpose, direction, and impact through, surprisingly, renting out boats.” Having graduated from Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Oregon with a degree in political science in 2004 Leeper just couldn’t see himself following a

down here, they’re already receiving what we are trying to offer them,” Leeper said. “So even if we don’t have a boat ready for them at that moment, they’re not upset with us. They’re usually just happy to be down at the lake and already receiving some of the benefits of nature.”

traditional career path. Though he might have pursued a law degree or a job in government service, he decided instead to invest in his greatest passion. At the age of 20, in 2005, he purchased Wingra Boats from then owner Bob Glebs. In a very amicable transfer Leeper bought the business with what little cash he was able to raise and a lot of sweat-equity. Over the course of a few seasons, he learned from Glebs the more intricate details of the operation. “There were a couple of years in which he guided me through the various positions,” Leeper said. “It was neat to move from where I thought I knew everything about it, to taking business classes at Edgewood [College] only to realize I knew almost nothing. But I loved the idea of business and business development. So I got an MBA in entrepreneurship at the University of Wisconsin.” Leeper was committed to taking his love of the outdoors and turning it into a thriving business. With an advanced degree and the motivation to succeed he applied himself to creating an environment where people from the community could come together and have a good time playing in nature. Ironically, though, Leeper discovered that it’s still necessary to take the business of play seriously. “In some ways, this is just a lifestyle business, in which it is about connecting with friends, hanging out, and having your friends come down here,” he said. “But it took quite a while for me to realize that there were many opportunities to be doing more. And if I was going to be doing more then

4 it wasn’t just a place for me to have my weekly barbecues and hang-outs.” Actually, it didn’t take long for Leeper to bring business and play together. At the core of Wingra Boats was the mission of helping visitors to experience nature. The recreational opportunities available on all of Madison’s lakes are conducive to his customers enjoying themselves. With well maintained and reliable equipment, Leeper says that he can help just about anyone experience wildlife, have a family adventure, forge lasting friendships, and become lifelong stewards of the natural world. He soon realized that all he had to do was to make the things he loves most about the lake accessible to everyone. “It is one of the most incredible service businesses because as soon as people are

With a lot of hard work and dedication to his community, Leeper has expanded his small business to include sites now on three Madison lakes. In addition to rentals, Madison Boats offers a modest food concession and educational summer camps that provide lessons in paddling, fishing, water safety, and environmental science. In the hopes of making the motorized lakes, Mendota and Monona, more accessible to larger groups, the elderly, and people with disabilities, Leeper offers pontoon boat rentals from his Marshall Park location. “We recognize that there is a demographic of people who cannot easily access the water with paddle craft,” he said. “Whether it’s older or physically challenged people, we can help anyone who wants to get out who are not physically able to go paddling.” Leeper says his primary goal is to build community relationships through helping people spend time on Madison’s lakes. His business model is to simply facilitate access to local water resources to as many people as possible while helping them have fun. Now with sites from one end of Madison to the other he hopes to build on the excitement and enthusiasm of his customers to support the preservation of our natural resources for future generations to enjoy. “If a family goes out and comes back as friends that’s success. And if friends go out and come back as family, that’s success,” Leeper said. “That’s what we’re always trying to do, to find ways to do that. Sometimes it’s with boats, sometimes it’s with free science programs for toddlers. It can be done with an ice cream cone or with a tandem kayak. They’re all relationship builders.”


Tyler Leeper is a founding Board Member of Clean Lakes Alliance.

PHOTOS 1. Summer, Tyler, and Dean Leeper at Wingra Boats 1998. 2. Summer, Tyler, and Dean Leeper, serving ice cream from the boat at one of the regular Ice Cream Boat Floats at Brittingham Boats 2016. 3. Stephan Reinke and Tyler Leeper celebrating a great season after 10 years of ownership at Wingra Boats 2015. 4. A man named Vic, showing the paddle at Wingra Boat Livery 1953. 5. Dave Leeper, Dean Leeper, Kyia Lindau, Debi Leeper, Joel Jarosky, Tyler Leeper, and Summer Jarosky at Christmas Morning Paddle 2015. Photos courtesy of Wingra Boats and Brittingham Boats.

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OF OUR LAKES Beaches and Access Sites 14 Greater Madison Lake Guide | Summer 2017


Gasoline Vendors

Source: WI DNR

Beaches and Access Sites 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25

Warner Park Maple Bluff Beach Park Tenney Park James Madison Park Memorial Union Willow Beach Picnic Point Beach Spring Harbor Park Marshall Park Mendota County Park Governor Nelson State Park Hudson Park Olbrich Park Schluter Beach Esther Beach Park Olin Park Bernie’s Beach Park Brittingham Park Law Park B.B. Clarke Beach Park Vilas (Henry) Park Wingra Park and Boat Livery McDaniel Park Goodland County Park Lake Kegonsa State Park

Restaurants 1 Nau-Ti-Gal 2 Betty Lou Cruises 3 The Mariner's Inn 4 Bishop's Bay Country Club 5 Captain Bill's 6 Memorial Union 7 The Statehouse 8 The Icehouse 9 The Boathouse 10 Madison Elk's Lodge 11 Sardine 12 Lake Vista Cafe 13 Paisan's 14 East Side Club 15 Lakeside St. Coffee House 16 Breakwater 17 Waypoint Public House 18 Green Lantern 19 Christy's Landing 20 Kegonsa Cove Resort 21 Springers

Gasoline Vendors

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SkipperBud’s of Madison Mazanet Marina Four Lakes Yacht Club Barr’s Resort Kegonsa Cove Resort

Boat Launch Sites *

See page 29 in the Directory for the complete list of boat launch sites.

Photo courtesy of Thomas Klingele. Lake Wingra.

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Vilas Beach, located on Lake Wingra, is the most heavily used beach in Madison. >




The University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Center for Limnology has a datacollecting buoy in Lake Mendota. Affectionately named "David Buoy,” the bright yellow beacon bobs right above the lake’s deepest point. > ••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••


One pound of phosphorus can produce 500 pounds of algae. > default/files/algae.pdf

The Kurtz and Huegel Ice Company once cut ice from the lake at Maple Bluff Beach on Lake Mendota. A spur line of the Chicago and Northwestern Railroad allowed easy shipment of the ice as far south as New Orleans. Ice cut from Lake Mendota was considered a superior product because it was thicker and free of pollution. > yahara.pdf

Our lakes are full of interesting stories, factoids, and history. Here is just a sample of some things you may not know about our wonderful lakes.





Lake Mendota is often called “the most studied lake in the world.” This lake is the birthplace of the field of limnology, the scientific study of inland waters. >

Soul music legend Otis Redding died in a plane crash in Lake Monona. He and his band were flying into Madison to perform when the plane crashed three miles short of the runway. > soul-legend-otis-redding-dies-in-aplane-crash-near-madison-wisconsin ••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••

The Chicago Northwestern and the Milwaukee railroads crossed tracks in the middle of Monona Bay in 1854. The tracks on the west end of the lake are the only place in the world where two railroad tracks cross in a lake. > yahara.pdf ••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••


An archeological survey by W.G. McLachlan in 1914 found 188 Native American mounds in 42 separate groups surrounding Lake Waubesa. > yahara.pdf ••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••


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Fish Camp County Park, located on the northwest shore of Lake Kegonsa, was a place for carp seining for many years. The carp were placed in large water tanks on boxcars and sent to Chicago, New York, and southern states where they were sold as a delicacy. > yahara.pdf ••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••

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The Yahara River feeds into Lake Mendota. From Lake Mendota, the river travels south into the Rock River then, into the Mississippi Basin, and ultimately finds its way to the Gulf of Mexico. > Sites/%7B5DDB5418-8268-440CBD18-45CB7768531A%7D/uploads/ Yahara_River_Question_and_ Answers.pdf

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Photo courtesy of Lawrence Erdman. Fishermen on Yahara River.

Four tips for a better boating experience Whether you’re a new boater or seasoned captain, familiarize yourself with simple rules and etiquette for safe boating this summer. 1 Educate yourself.

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> Anyone born on or after January 1, 1989 must complete a boating safety course to drive a boat. > Keep your registration up to date and the current year sticker displayed on your boat.

2 Maintain the right safety equipment. > Carry one wearable and properly sized U.S. Coast Guard approved life jacket per occupant. > Have operable lights. Required navigation lights differ depending on the type and size of your boat. 3

Follow the rules of the road.

> Don’t operate your boat within 100 feet of any dock, pier, or restricted area in excess of “slow, no wake” speed—the slowest speed possible while still maintaining steerage. > Bear right if you meet another boat head on. Yield right when in a crossing situation or on a collision course with another boat. Keep well clear when passing another boat. 4

Check local regulations.

> Many municipalities have additional equipment, operational, and activity restrictions. > Immediately report boat accidents resulting in loss of life, injury needing medical treatment beyond first aid, property damage above $2,000, or loss of boat.

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Madison’s lakes are the perfect launching point to a day of family fun. Here are ten ways to enjoy the water and each other.

By Katie Vaughn

2 1 1. Lakeside Lounge

4. Row, Row, Row Your Boat

The Memorial Union Terrace is the city’s favorite hangout spot for good reason! Snag a table and sunburst chairs, and settle in with popcorn, brats, or a towering Babcock ice cream cone. Soak up the sunshine and watch boats bobbing out on Lake Mendota, or stop by at night for live music or an outdoor movie.

Take your pick of paddlesports on peaceful, wake-free Lake Wingra. Longtime outfitter Wingra Boats can hook you up with a canoe, kayak, or rowboat. For more of a challenge, give stand-up paddleboarding a try. For major smiles all around, take a swan-shaped paddleboat out for a spin.

2. Cruise Control

5. With the Band

It’s hard to top a day spent cruising one of Madison’s major lakes. Betty Lou Cruises set off every day of the week from April thru September, with special meals (chose among pizza, fish fries, and ice cream sundaes) and great views, while the Madison School & Community Recreation’s Pontoon Program offers popular drop-in boat rides. And bigger groups will have a blast on the Pontoon Porch, a two-level house boat-pontoon hybrid that floats around Lake Monona.

The Marquette Waterfront Festival is an annual celebration (this year June 10 and 11) of music, community, and local waterways. Set at Yahara Place Park, where Lake Monona meets the Yahara River, the two-day event features nearly a dozen bands, food vendors, and a wildly popular Fool’s Flotilla parade of decorated canoes.

3. Pizza Party Come for the pizza (and lasagna, meatball sandwich, and other Greenbush delicacies), stay for the Lake Monona sunsets. Paisan’s is perched on a covetable slice of downtown lakeside land. In the summer, its expansive patio is filled with tables topped with red and white checkered tablecloths—and diners ready to linger over a hearty meal.

6. Urban Oasis If a sandy stretch just off of Willy Street seems too good to be true, you haven’t been to B.B. Clarke Beach! This city-owned beach boasts a playground, a few picnic tables, and grassy area in addition to the Lake Monona shoreline, and a lifeguard on duty daily in the summer ensures safety along with swimming and splashing.

7. Live on the Edge You don’t have to be a guest at Madison’s iconic waterfront hotel to enjoy Lake Mendota. At The Edgewater, you can grab a bite on the pier of The Boathouse, or enjoy live music in its beautiful public

3 plaza Friday and Saturday evenings in the summer. Or hop aboard the Edgewater Water Taxi for a fabulous ferry over to the Memorial Union Terrace.

8. High Notes Get ready to boogie down at the most scenic dance parties in town. The Monona Terrace rooftop provides a gorgeous lakeside setting for two summertime concert series: Concerts on the Rooftop features local dance bands Thursday nights in June and July, while Dane Dances, held Friday evenings in August, delights with R&B, funk, salsa, and merengue performers.

9. On a Roll Join the Madison Log Rolling team as they bring 19th-century lumberjack skills into modern times. Hop on a log in Lake Wingra and give the sport a spin—use your feet to roll the log and send your opponent splashing into the water. Madison Log Rolling holds classes, camps, and parties from June through August.

10. Show Time Water skiers young and old have come together since the 1960s to entertain audiences as the Mad-City Ski Team. The award-winning competitive team sets off from Law Park on Lake Mendota to put on a dazzling show nearly every Sunday evening from Memorial Day to Labor Day. (Continued on page 21)

PHOTOS 1. Boys on Union Terrace chairs. Photo courtesy of Jeff Halverson Photography LLC. 2. Kids' first time tubing on Lake Waubesa. Photo courtesy of Tree-Hollow Cottage Photography. 3. Madison Ski Team practice on Lake Monona. Photo courtesy of Jeff Halverson Photography LLC. Greater Madison Lake Guide | Summer 2017 19




WHAT CAN YOU DO TO HELP? Have you ever heard the saying, "It takes a village"? We can't improve our lakes without your help. Please consider doing your part to make our lakes the best they can be.


Driveways and Landscaping

> Clean off boats, waders, and other equipment before transporting to prevent the spread of invasive species.

> Storm water runoff has major effects on our water quality. Consider using materials that are pervious or have drainage systems to allow for better filtration and to prevent runoff. Incorporate rain gardens, plant native plants, and use heavy mulches in landscaping.

We need your time and your financial support to achieve clean lakes. It's doable, but not without your help!

Leaf Management > Mulch fallen leaves in your lawn and garden with your lawn mower.

Donate and Volunteer!

> Become a Friend of Clean Lakes > Become a Lake Partner > Renew the Blue Volunteer Days, email

> Keep fallen leaves off the street and storm drains. > Check your municipality's website for leaf pick-up dates and time your raking to minimize leaves on the curb and blowing into the street. PHOTOS 1. Clean Lakes Alliance Volunteer Day. 2. Frozen Assets Festival with Bucky. 3. Example of leaves not kept off streets. 20 Greater Madison Lake Guide | Summer 2017


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(Continued from page 19) SOURCES: > Memorial Union Terrace: visit/terrace-at-the-memorial-union

The Lake Explorer Camp is a partnership program with the Boys & Girls Club of Dane County and Madison Boats that engages kids aged 7-12 in hands-on lake ecology education. Kids identify lake critters under the microscope, learn how to bait a hook and cast a line to fish, and gain valuable paddling and water safety skills under the guidance of skilled Madison Boats staff and multilingual instructors. As a Lake Buddy, you will sponsor the cost to send one or more kids to the Lake Explorer Camp. For more information or to become a Lake Buddy visit:

> Betty Lou Cruises: > MSCR Pontoon Program: adventures/pontoon-programs > Pontoon Porch: > Paisan’s: > Wingra Boats: > Marquette Waterfront Festival: waterfront-festival > B.B. Clarke Beach: cityofmadison. com/parks/facilities/beach.cfm?id=1 > Edgewater: > Concerts on the Rooftop: concerts_on_the_rooftop > Dane Dances:, dane-dances > Madison Log Rolling: > Mad City Ski Team:

PHOTOS 4. Family boating on Lake Kegonsa. 5. Enjoying the sunshine at Gilligan's Island on the Yahara River. Photo courtesy of Tree-Hollow Cottage Photography.

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> Five iconic lakes > 370,000 people > 170,000 acres of farmland > One state capitol > One research university that happens to be the birthplace of freshwater science

By Dea Larsen Converse



Good news for the lakes.

PHOSPHORUS: Phosphorus levels in the lakes vary annually depending on the amount of runoff and summer temperatures. Excess phosphorus is known to promote the growth of blue-green algae that clouds the water and can sometimes produce toxins. 2016 phosphorus and clarity conditions were good in all the lakes, according to DNR criteria, and represent what we hope to achieve on a consistent basis by continuing to reduce phosphorus loading into the lakes.

Water quality improved, clarity was good, and beaches were open more, in general, on all the lakes. Water clarity approached excellent on Lake Mendota. We experienced good weather in terms of phosphorus runoff—less spring rain overall and a mild winter with below normal snowfall. As a community, we continue to strive to reduce phosphorus in urban and rural areas. Partners put in place practices that diverted 13,600 pounds of phosphorus from the lakes, 29% of the way towards our phosphorus reduction goal. This year was a snapshot of the kinds of conditions we can expect to see on a regular basis if we can reduce phosphorus runoff—the root cause of algal blooms that lead to beach closures and decreased water quality in the lakes.

INTRODUCTION TO THE YAHARA WATERSHED The Yahara Watershed begins in the headwaters of the Yahara River in Columbia County and flows south through Dane County for 62 miles, connecting Lakes Mendota, Monona, Waubesa, and Kegonsa, before emptying into the Rock River in Rock County. The Yahara Watershed is home to a fast-growing population and some of the most productive farmland in the United States. This intersection of productive farms and growing urban areas poses a unique challenge as residents and government work together to protect and improve water quality in the watershed. All of the lakes in the Yahara chain are included on the Department of Natural Resources 303d list as impaired waters due to excess phosphorus.

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WATER TEMPERATURE: Water temperature can impact summer water quality because blue-green algal blooms tend to proliferate in warmer temperatures. Water temperatures in 2016 were slightly higher than the long-term median in each lake.

STATE OF THE YAHARA LAKES IN 2016 In 2011, our community came together and formed an alliance to improve the health of our lakes and begin to track community progress in a State of the Lakes Annual Report. Lake conditions vary annually based on many factors, including weather, biological interactions in the lake, and land practices in place to prevent phosphorus runoff. Despite many challenges, all of the Yahara lakes were in good condition in 2016, according to Department of Natural Resources criteria for the deep and shallow lakes. The sixth annual report on the state of the Yahara lakes presents an annual snapshot of lake water quality and other lake metrics. The information in the report card was provided by city and county agencies and non-profit watershed groups—our partners in improving the water quality of the Yahara lakes.

BEACHES: Beaches and near shore conditions are impacted by many factors including high phosphorus levels, which fuel algal blooms, and heavy rain events, which can carry fecal matter from urban animals and lead to closures due to E. coli. In 2016, Lake Mendota and Monona beach closures were less than the long term medians for each lake, significantly less for Lake Mendota. Lake Wingra had a significant increase in closures due to high E. coli, and Goodland County Park beach on Lake Waubesa had an increase in closures, mostly due to blue green algal blooms. ICE COVER: The last decade has seen the shortest duration of ice cover on the lakes since record keeping began in 1852. The lakes are freezing later and breaking up earlier. Within this trend, there is still year-to-year variability. The result is less time for winter activities like ice boating, ice skating, ice fishing, and other ice dependent sports. Since the 1850s the winter ice season has been shortened by 25%, about a month. Source: WI DNR

HOW DO WE GRADE LAKES? The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources established the following criteria to establish excellent, good, fair, and poor conditions for phosphorus levels and water clarity. Phosphorus (milligrams per liter)

Water Clarity (feet)

Deeper Lakes (Mendota & Monona)

Deeper Lakes (Mendota & Monona)


0.055 - 0.034

0.032 - 0.020


0 - 2.7

Shallower Lakes (Wingra, Waubesa & Kegonsa)

2.9 - 4.6

5 - 8.1


Shallower Lakes (Wingra, Waubesa & Kegonsa)


0.096 - 0.055

0.052 - 0.030


0 - 1.5

1.6 - 2.9

3.1 - 5.3










Lake Water Quality






Phosphorus (July-August, milligrams per liter) 2016 Median total phosphorus

0.022 mg/L

0.022 mg/L

0.040 mg/L

0.044 mg/L

0.042 mg/L

Total phosphorus, median of years 2000-2009

0.030 mg/L

0.034 mg/L

0.056 mg/L

0.053 mg/L

0.070 mg/L

0.032 - 0.020 mg/L

0.032 - 0.020 mg/L

0.052 - 0.03 mg/L

0.052 - 0.03 mg/L

0.052 - 0.03 mg/L

Range for good water quality Water Clarity (July-August, feet) 2016 Visibility depth

7.2 feet

6.2 feet

4.8 feet

3.6 feet

3.6 feet

Secchi visibility, median of years 2000-2009

5.7 feet

4.9 feet

2.0 feet

3.0 feet

3.0 feet

5 - 8.1 feet

5 - 8.1 feet

3.1 - 5.3 feet

3.1 - 5.3 feet

3.1 - 5.3 feet

Range for good water clarity

Water Temperature2 (July-August, degrees Fahrenheit) 2016 Water temperature maximum

80 °F

80 °F

78 °F

81 °F

82 °F

Water temperature, median of years 1980-2014

78 °F

79 °F

79 °F

79 °F

80 °F

8 days

26 days

36 days

17 days



E.coli, blue-green algae


E.coli, blue-green algae


38 days

33 days

8 days

10 days


2016 Aquatic plant harvesting

199 loads

842 loads

238 loads

97 loads

25 loads

Harvesting, median of years 2007-2016

204 loads

638 loads

99 loads

71 loads

23 loads

2016 summer maximum

851.15 feet

846.42 feet


845.83 feet

844.14 feet

Date of 2016 maximum






Historic maximum

852.74 feet

847.86 feet


847.22 feet

845.72 feet






Beach Closures (days) 2016 beach closures Reason for closures Closures, median of years 2005-2016 Aquatic Plant Harvesting (harvester loads)

Lake Levels (feet about sea level)

Date of historic maximum Ice Conditions (days) 2016-2017 ice duration

65 days

81 days

79 days

81 days

82 days

Ice on dates






Ice off dates






Median Freeze Date






Median Opening Date






104 days

104 days

115 days



Median Duration of Ice Cover

1 Phosphorus and Secchi for Lake Wingra is 1996-2007 median and temperature is 1996-present median 2 Maximum temperatures averaged for 0-10 foot depths For sources and references, see the 2016 State of the Lakes Annual Report

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OUR ACTION PLAN FOR THE LAKES The Yahara CLEAN Strategic Action Plan for Phosphorus Reduction created by an alliance of government agencies, university researchers, and engineers, provided a roadmap and 14 actions to clean our lakes. Together we have made great progress by keeping 13,600 pounds of phosphorus out of our lakes in 2016—29% of the way to our goal. Action has taken place in both urban and rural areas. Municipalities have put in place urban stormwater management projects that have diverted about 2,500 pounds of phosphorus from the watersheds around each lake. In rural areas, farmers have led the way by partnering with Yahara Pride Farms, Dane County, and Yahara WINs to put in place improved cropping, tillage, and field management practices to divert 11,000 pounds of phosphorus from the lakes.

Yahara CLEAN Plan Actions

Status Target






Urban (pounds of phosphorus reduced) [1]

Improve leaf management






USGS is studying impact of leaf management practices


Control construction erosion






Dane County is improving education and enforcement


Maintain permitted stormwater facilities






Partners are inventorying facilities


Stabilize urban waterway banks






Partners continue to stabilize banks


Reduce total suspended solids in stormwater






Municipalities continue to build stormwater facilities and sweep streets






We are 19% of the way to our urban goal

Urban Subtotal

Rural (pounds of phosphorus reduced) [6]

Improve in-field agricultural practices






Yahara Pride Farms and Dane County expand use of conservation practices


Build community digesters






Two have been built


Remove additional phosphorus at digesters






Dane County will install a nutrient concentration system at Middleton digester


Manage manure and nutrients






UW-Madison published manure storage study


Dredge drainage ditches






Once practices are in place on land, we can remove phosphorus from drainage ditches


Stabilize rural waterway banks






Work to identify projects is underway


Relocate or cover livestock facilities






Dane County continues to identify sensitive facilities


Harvest wetland plants






Work is needed to identify suitable sites


Restore wetlands in key areas






Partners have exceeded goal






Carryover for cost-share practices






We are 34% of the way to our rural goal

Rural carryover practices Rural Subtotal Alternative & Emerging Technologies


WATER QUALITY CHALLENGES - HEADWINDS Challenges to lake health include increasingly heavy storm events and invasive species that enter the lakes from outside sources like boat transfers. Some of the factors that impact the lakes are under our control and some are not. We can’t control the weather and we have limited control over the biological interactions that happen within the lakes. We do have control over the phosphorus practices that are put into place in both urban and rural areas. If we can come together as a community and address phosphorus that enters our lakes from city streets, construction sites, and farmland, we can achieve our vision of cleaner and healthier lakes in the future.






Alternative technologies will play a role in the face of challenges like climate change






We are 29% of the way to our overall goal



In an average year, most of the runoff impacting summer water quality in our lakes occurs in late winter and spring when melting snow or spring rains carry phosphorus from farm fields and urban areas into streams and storm sewers that discharge to the lakes. In 2016, the lakes benefitted from less spring runoff due to a mild winter with below normal snowfall and below normal spring rainfall overall. In addition, the storms were well spaced, allowing the ground to absorb rainwater between storms.

In addition to phosphorus levels, water clarity is also impacted by complex food web interactions. In 2016, conditions in Lake Mendota benefitted from a good year for Daphnia, a microscopic organism that lives in our lakes and feeds on the algae that makes our lakes green in the summer. In recent years, the Daphnia population in Lake Mendota has been under attack from the invasive spiny water flea. However, in 2016, the Daphnia population was robust and likely contributed to the good lake conditions we experienced. 2016

Days ≥ 90°



Mean temperature



Total rainfall



Greatest 24 hour total



Heavy rain days (≥ 1 in.)



Snowfall (2015-2016)



Source: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

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Normal (1981 - 2010)

2016 Average Monthly Precipitation


While in 2016 we experienced fewer algal blooms and better clarity in the lakes, it is important to put this into a longer-term perspective.


4 3


2.03 1.74

1.87 2.39

4.96 2.40

8.46 3.13

7.87 4.27

5.23 4.18

5.35 4.54

2.11 3.55

2.22 3.40

3.96 2.20


0.52 1.45


0.98 1.23

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun July Aug Sept Oct Nov Dec

Annual Phosphorus Loads for Mendota’s Monitored Subwatersheds 40,000

Yahara River Pheasant Branch 30,000


20 16

20 14

20 12

0 8 20 10

6 0


4 0



02 20

0 0 20

98 19

96 19





The full effect of zebra mussels once they reach their maximum population density in the Yahara lakes is still uncertain. Results from other infested lakes suggest increases in water clarity in the middle of the lakes will occur, but shoreline management problems could get worse. Problems include increased aquatic plant growth, and possible increases in blue-green algae and filamentous algae that form slimy green moss on lake bottoms. We need to continue our efforts to decrease lake phosphorus levels that fuel algae growth to help address this problem.








Normal Precipitation



ZEBRA MUSSELS In the fall of 2016, citizen monitors reported extensive evidence of an explosion of zebra mussels throughout Lakes Mendota and Monona. This evidence confirms that this invasive species is now fully established and will likely spread to the other Yahara lakes in the near future. Zebra mussels likely came from a boat transfer from an infested lake. You can help combat invasive species of all types by cleaning boating and fishing equipment of mud, water, and plants when you travel Wisconsin this summer.



SPINY WATER FLEAS Spiny water fleas, discovered in Lake Mendota in 2009, are still present in the lakes. At its recent peak density, the population was ten times higher in Mendota than in other lakes studied by scientists. The phosphorus-rich environment of the Yahara lakes has created good conditions for spiny water flea growth, making our efforts to control phosphorus runoff doubly important.

2016 Monthly Precipitation vs Normal

Annual P load (pounds)

FISHERIES The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources manages the recreational fisheries population in each lake. As a result of their work, the Yahara lakes are regional destinations for fishing. Monona is well known for a high quality bluegill fishery and Mendota is well known for sport fish like northern pike and walleye. Waubesa, Monona, and Wingra are all destinations for musky anglers.

Annual phosphorus (P) loading data for 1990-2016 at the U.S. Geological Survey’s (USGS) monitoring stations on the Yahara River at Windsor and on Pheasant Branch at Parmenter St. in Middleton. Note: 2016 loading data are preliminary and subject to revision by USGS.

In 2016, preliminary data on phosphorus loading at two long-term stream monitoring sites on Lake Mendota, the Yahara River at Windsor and Pheasant Branch in Middleton, show a 23% decrease compared to the 2000-2009 long term medians for those two tributaries. Phosphorus loading is highly variable from year to year. There are wet years when precipitation and snowmelt create excessive runoff, as well as years of prolonged drought when there is little runoff. Phosphorus loading has declined in Pheasant Branch, partly resulting from the construction of the Confluence Pond that has trapped large amounts of sediment-

bound phosphorus. In the Yahara River, phosphorus loading shows no declining trend. On-going work on phosphorus reduction practices is needed so that the Yahara lakes can experience a water quality year like 2016 on a regular basis.

CONCLUSION The good condition of our lakes in 2016 provides a picture of what the lakes can look like on a consistent basis if we come together as a community to reduce phosphorus runoff from city streets, construction sites, and farmland. Healthy lakes are an important part of the quality of life in the Yahara River Watershed.

PHOTOS 1. Daphnia. Photo courtesy of Danielle Gries. 2. Spiny Water Flea. Photo courtesy of Danielle Gries. 3. Clean Lakes Alliance citizen monitor took this picture of zebra mussels on Lake Monona during the fall of 2016. Photo courtesy of Tom Smith. Greater Madison Lake Guide | Summer 2017 25


FUN ON MADISON LAKES By James Edward Mills

On a beautiful afternoon in the middle of the work week quitting time can’t come soon enough. Throughout the summer months especially, it’s hard to keep from watching the clock as it ticks down the minutes until it’s time to leave. With hours of daylight left until evening, as the sun shines high in the west, all you can think about is heading out to the lake.


ven with rush-hour traffic on the Beltline Highway you can make it to any one of Madison’s lakes in less than 30 minutes. Within view of the State Capitol Building and the University of Wisconsin the flow of water along the Yahara Watershed brings together several communities that share a passion for open water. The anticipation of a few relaxing hours of fresh air and sunshine can be an all-consuming experience as you bide your time through the day eager to connect with friends at a lakeside restaurant or, better still, on a pontoon boat! You know what it’s like. By 4:45 PM you’ve

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lost your ability to concentrate. You look down and there’s your tote bag. Inside you’ve packed your swimming trunks, a beach towel, a pair of flip-flops, and that straw hat you got in Mexico. During lunch, you stopped at the store for some beverages and from the office fridge you can hear them calling your name. At 4:55, you can’t take it anymore. Trying not to make a scene you casually shoulder your tote bag while you carry a stack of important looking papers past the break room. Grabbing your drinks from the fridge, you purposefully drop the papers in the recycling bin and, head held high without breaking stride, you walk out the

office door at the stroke of five. The lake awaits! Regardless of your profession or social status this familiar scenario plays itself out in office buildings, construction sites, retail sales counters, fire stations, and police squad rooms across the greater Madison area. Folks all over town want nothing more in the warmer months of the year than to enjoy some time at the lake. The Yahara River flows through Madison to connect Lake Waubesa with Lake Monona and Lake Mendota. Through a system of locks each lake is accessible to the others with several put-in points along a course that spans from Goodman County Park

when you’ve got kids or a dog. People can pull their boats in, tie-up together, and have a really good time.”

all the way to Cherokee Marsh. A distance of just over 15 road-miles that would take about 33 minutes to drive along city streets, the journey by boat makes for a wonderful day-long adventure or a series of short excursions.

Surrounded by water on all sides, Madison is a wonderful lake community. With easy access to dozens of beaches and put-in points throughout the city, it’s hard not to be excited by so many opportunities for fun and adventure.

Local resident Paul Zahn, a medical equipment sales rep, keeps a Harris Pontoon boat moored at a friend’s home just off the Beltline Highway. At a point on the Yahara River, within range of the entire lake network, he can easily get out to enjoy an evening after work on the water. “Since it’s right there, I can go out onto Lake Waubesa and go to Christy’s or the Green Lantern to grab some dinner,” Zahn said. Christy’s Landing is a popular hangout that has the feel of a tropical beach. With a sandpit volleyball court and an outdoor tiki bar, there’s a party-time atmosphere that just doesn’t stop. With lots of dock parking, it’s a favorite stop for boaters to enjoy a drink or a good bite to eat. The Green Lantern, on the opposite end of Lake Waubesa, is another of the several establishments along the Yahara River corridor that welcomes boaters. Throughout the boating season, the revelry of the lake community ripples its way into the heart of downtown Madison. “We’ll go through the locks and go downtown in the evening or over to the [Memorial] Union,” Zahn said. “When The Edgewater did the upgrade with its remodel, the pier that they put in is really nice and we enjoy that a lot.” On the shores of the UW campus the Union features live music, several beer stands, and a food concession in a crowded outdoor venue that always seems to have plenty of seats. The newly renovated Edgewater Hotel has lakeside dining with a wonderful view of the sunset. Other locations on Lake Mendota include the Nau-Ti Gal, Captain Bill’s, and the Mariner’s Inn. On Lake Monona is the Elk’s Lodge, Sardine, The East Side Club, and Paisan’s. But along the shoreline of each lake there are several places where the boating community gathers to enjoy one another’s company without coming ashore. In shallow water coves, favorite spots have sandy bottoms and few weeds to foul

“Our lakes are a resource and a very integral part of our lives and why we live here,” said lifelong Madison resident Heidi Schaefer. “Their beauty and their draw are amazing. Everybody should enjoy the lakes whether you live on the lakes or those who don’t. Lakes enhance our quality of life.”

2 boat motors. With no large rocks to create a trip hazard they provide a safe place to recreate. “Weather permitting, we’re pretty much there every weekend on the lake,” said Aimee Chester, a rep for a local wine company. “We have like a little water family where we all meet up.”

After a long day at work or on a sunny weekend outing, there’s no shortage of things to do and places to go. Whether you’re a student, a business owner, a working stiff, a stay-at-home parent, or just visiting, you owe it to yourself to enjoy our Madison lakes.

She and her young daughter enjoy days on the water with her partner, Ross Kraemer who owns a pontoon boat that seats 14. “We know a lot of people who live on the lake. A number of our friends have boats,” Kraemer said. “It’s a lot of sunbathing, taking in the sites, listening to music, and a little beverage drinking.” Popular tie-up spots include Holy Bay across from the San Damiano Friary on Lake Monona and 3-Foot Bay on the northeast side of Lake Mendota. One of the more festive spots on the channel between Lake Monona and Lake Waubesa is known as Gilligan’s Island. On this little sandbar, protected by trees and tall grass, boaters enjoy a bit of shade from the summer sun and a strong community spirit. “It’s like tailgating on the water,” said John Payette, a Madison attorney and the creator of the Gilligan’s Island Facebook page. “It’s nice because the water is only about three feet deep. That’s good for


PHOTOS 1. Early morning water skiing on Lake Monona. Photo courtesy of Jeff Halverson Photography LLC. 2. Fun in the sun at 3-Foot Bay. 3. Suns out, guns out on Lake Mendota. Greater Madison Lake Guide | Summer 2017 27


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Photo courtesy of Lawrence Erdman. Tenney Park Breakwater.

DIRECTORY D&S Bait, Tackle & Archery (608) 241-4225 1411 Northport Dr Madison, WI 53704

Lake Farm Park Boat Launch 4286 Libby Rd Madison, WI 53711 McConnell Street Boat Launch 4348-4398 McConnell St Madison, WI 53711

Harley’s Liquor & Bait (608) 222-7941 3838 Atwood Ave Madison, WI 53714

Boat Launch Sites – Wingra Vilas Park Boat Launch 1602 Vilas Park Dr Madison, WI 53715

J&B Liquor and Bait (608) 838-8458 5714 US-51 McFarland, WI 53558 Monona Bait & Ice Cream Shop (608) 222-1944 4516 Winnequah Rd Monona, WI 53716

Boat Launch Sites – Kegonsa Amundson Landing & Park Quam Dr Stoughton, WI 53589 Fish Camp Launch 3383 County Rd McFarland, WI 53558 Lake Kegonsa State Park Boat Ramp 2405 Door Creek Rd Stoughton, WI 53589

Wingra Boats 824 Knickerbocker St Madison, WI 53711

Boat Launch Sites – Yahara River Tenney Park - Boat Launch 1414 E. Johnson St. Madison, WI 53703 Veith Avenue Boat Launch 4106 Veith Ave Madison, WI 53704 Warner Park - Boat Launch 2930 N Sherman Ave Madison, WI 53704 Willow Drive Boat Launch Willow Dr/Howard Temin Lakeshore Path Madison, WI 53705

Boat Launch Sites – Monona Boat Launch Sites – Mendota Governor Nelson State Park Boat Launch 5140 County Highway M Waunakee, WI 53597 Governor’s Island Boat Launch Governors Island Pkwy Madison, WI 53704 Lake Street Boat Launch 6000 Lake Street Middleton, WI 53562 Marshall Park - Boat Launch 2101 Allen Blvd Middleton, WI 53562 Mendota County Park Boat Launch 5133 County Highway M Middleton, WI 53562 Spring Harbor Boat Launch 5218 Lake Mendota Dr Madison, WI 53705

Olbrich Park - Boat Launch 3527 Atwood Ave Madison, WI 53714 Olin Park Boat Ramp 1156 Olin-Turville Ct Madison, WI 53715 Tonyawatha Park and Boat Launch 4600 Tonyawatha Trail Monona, WI 53716 Winnequah Trail Boat Launch 5898 Winnequah Trail Monona, WI 53716

Boat Launch Sites – Waubesa Babcock County Park Boat Launch 4601 Burma Rd McFarland, WI 53558 Goodland Park - Boat Launch 2862 Waubesa Ave Madison, WI 53711

Photo courtesy of Lawrence Erdman. Night reflection on Lake Monona.

Cherokee Marsh - South Boat Launch 5002 School Rd Madison, WI 53704 Lottes Park Boat Launch 400 W Broadway Madison, WI 53716

Boat Sales, Rental, Repair, Storage ARA Leisure Services (608) 244-2458 1831 E Washington Ave Madison, WI 53704 Brightwork Boats LAKE PARTNER (608) 849-9200 Brightwork Boats is a boat dealer and service center. We offer a wide range of boats from Rossiter Powerboats, Chris Craft & Century Powerboats, and Com-Pac Sailboats. We offer launches, haul outs, and restoration for all boats, wood and fiberglass. Brittingham Boats LAKE PARTNER (608) 250-2555 701 W Brittingham Pl Madison, WI 53715 Downtown’s premier paddle destination. Walk-in rentals of stand up paddle boards, kayaks, canoes, paddle boats, and rowboats. Special events including group paddles and Full Moon Paddles make it a Madison must.

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DIRECTORY D.L. Anderson Marine LAKE PARTNER Contractors (608) 249-3100 5440 Blue Bill Park Rd Madison, WI 53704 With 30+ years of experience, we are the boatlift and dock professionals specializing in the sales/service of new and used boat lifts, piers, and more. Not only do we carry the best brands in business, we strive to make your time on the water trouble free. Deano Dock & Lift LLC (608) 850-4424 210 Knightsbridge Rd Waunakee, WI 53597 Decks Docks & More (262) 593-2216 W1204 Concord Center Dr Sullivan, WI 53178 Don’s Marine, LLC LAKE PARTNER (608) 592-4705 N1401 Hwy 113 Lodi, WI 53555 Family owned and operated since 1936. Dealer of Alumacraft Fishing Boats, Bennington Pontoon Boats, NauticStar Pleasure Boats, Skeeter Performance Fishing Boats, and Hobie Kayaks, as well as new and used boats and motors. Endres Manufacturing Company (608) 849-4143 PO Box 217 Waunakee, WI 53597 Harbor Recreation (608) 884-6007 807 Harbor Rd Milton, WI 53563 JD Hellenbrand (formally LAKE PARTNER Blue Crane Boatworks) (608) 513-0690 N1792 Ryan Rd Lodi, WI 53555 We sell, install, adjust, and remove old or new docks, piers, and boat lifts in central Wisconsin. Focusing on Lake Wisconsin, Kegonsa, Waubesa, Monona, and Mendota areas.

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JNT’s Marine Pros (262) 473-5960 N8066 County Hwy P Whitewater, WI 53190 Kegonsa Cove Resort LAKE PARTNER (608) 838-6494 2466 City Rd AB McFarland, WI 53558 RV resort. Seasonal only. Gas on the lake. Pontoon, kayaks, and canoe rentals. Convenience store. Bar and grill. Mad City Marine/RV Sales (608) 846-9329 N827 Hwy 51 Arlington, WI 53911 Madison School and LAKE PARTNER Community Recreation (MSCR) (608) 204-3000 3802 Regent St Madison, WI 53705 Offers a variety of recreational programs for all ages including arts, camps, fitness, sports, swimming, and more. Check out paddling and pontoon boat drop-in rides, specialty trips, and group rentals. Manke Enterprises (608) 592-4022 924 Development Dr, Ste C, PO Box 165 Lodi, WI 53555 Marshall Boats LAKE PARTNER (608) 228-8333 2101 Allen Blvd Madison, WI 53562 From a quiet paddle to the entire family on a pontoon boat, this is your destination for summer memories. Access Lake Mendota from this west side location with kayaks, SUPs, canoes, and pontoon boats for rent and a lakeside café!

Mazanet Marina LAKE PARTNER (608) 249-9316 5320 Blue Bill Park Dr Madison, WI 53704 Full service marina on Lake Mendota for 60 years. Services include gas on the pier, wet boat slips, dry dock spaces, food concessions, boat accessories, service mechanics, and winter storage. Newville Marine (608) 220-7918 541 Lake Drive Rd Edgerton, WI 53534 Outdoor UW (608) 262-1630 800 Langdon St Madison, WI 53706 outdoor-uw Peters Exteriors And Services (608) 220-8654 530 S Academy St Stoughton, WI 53589 Pharo Marine LAKE PARTNER (608) 849-5950 5341 W River Rd Waunakee, WI 53597 Premium marine sales and service center. Making your dreams a reality. Quam’s Marine & LAKE PARTNER Motor Sports (608) 873-3366 1896 Barber Dr Stoughton, WI 53589 Full service dealership on Lake Kegonsa for over 50 years. Services include: wet slips, winter storage, service, sales, parts, and accessories.

DIRECTORY Redline Watersports LAKE PARTNER (608) 838-0838 4805 Voges Rd Madison, WI 53718 MasterCraft Boats and Premier Pontoon dealer and inboard specialized service. Skis, vests, wakeboard, and surfers in the pro shop. Wakeboard camps, water ski, wake surf, and boat driving clinics offered throughout the summer. Tie Up Party, Lake Monona, July 30. Rock River Marina (608) 884-9415 520 Richardson Springs Rd Edgerton, WI 53534 Skipper Bud’s LAKE PARTNER (608) 246-2628 5381 Westport Rd Madison, WI 53704 Full service marina and boat dealership. 20 brands of new boats. Service, drystack, wet slips, winter storage. Fully stocked dock store. The Undercover Shop (608) 868-4089 305 E Madison Ave Milton, WI 53563 Tri State Surplus Co (888) 453-7049 20150 US Hwy 10 SE Big Lake, MN 55309 Wickcraft Company Inc LAKE PARTNER (608) 244-9177 2317 Daniels St Madison, WI 53718 Wickcraft docks are designed to give you a lifetime of waterfront enjoyment, guaranteed. Known for ease of installation and removal, our docks will let you spend more time enjoying your waterfront than managing it.


Wingra Boats LAKE PARTNER (608) 233-5332 824 Knickerbocker St Madison, WI 53711 Up-north beauty in downtown Madison. Surrounded by nature this quiet lake is a mecca for paddling and the perfect place for the whole family to SUP, kayak, canoe, row, or paddle boat. Fish, paddle, and play.

Community and Convention Centers Monona Terrace Community LAKE PARTNER & Convention Center (608) 261-4000 1 John Nolen Dr Madison, WI 53703 The Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Monona Terrace® Community and Convention Center is located in the heart of Madison’s vibrant downtown on the shore of Lake Monona, two blocks from the Capitol.

Fishing Guides A Big Fish Guide Service (414) 779-0479 Blue Ribbon Outdoors (608) 698-3332 Finseekers Guide Service (847) 707-1827 Fishing Guide Service with Lee Tauchen (608) 444-2180 Fishing Thrills Guide Service (608) 921-8980 Get the Net, LLC (608) 220-3406 Klus Fishing & Hunting Guide Service (608) 469-1867

Madison Fishing Charters LAKE PARTNER (608) 575-8597 Madison, WI 53711 Enjoy fishing the Madison chain of lakes for a variety of fish species with Captain Joe Okada. All ages and skill levels are welcome aboard! Madison Musky Guide Service (608) 848-3906 Pike Pole Fishing Guide Service (608) 290-3929 Streamside Outfitters (608) 449-8278

Friends Groups Friends of Badfish Creek Watershed (920) 650-0966 badfish Friends of Capitol Spring Recreational Area Friends of Cherokee Marsh (608) 215-0426 Friends of Edna Taylor Conservation Park Friends of Lake Kegonsa LAKE PARTNER Society (FOLKS) PO Box 173 Stoughton, WI 53589 FOLKS is a non-profit organization established to provide the manpower and financial resources to improve the ecology, water quality, fishing, and recreational use of Lake Kegonsa. Friends of Lake Mendota Pages/organizations/lakelist/default. aspx?wbic=805400

The Lake Partner program recognizes businesses and organizations that support Clean Lakes Alliance through donations made independent of events, sponsorships or programs, directly benefiting our efforts to reduce phosphorus loading to our lakes by 50% by 2025. Additionally, Lake Partners demonstrate their organizational commitment to clean lakes through one or all of the following avenues: making improvements on their properties, educating staff on watershed sustainability, and participating in volunteer opportunities.

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DIRECTORY Friends of Lake View Hill Park (608) 249-9449 PO Box 3272 Madison, WI 53704 Friends of Lake Wingra LAKE PARTNER Friends of Lake Wingra has been dedicated to the health of the Wingra Watershed since 1998. Through community outreach and research, we have cultivated our programs based on local stewardship.

Friends of the Yahara River Parkway (608) 241-1711 Friends of Wisconsin State Parks PO Box 2271 Madison, WI 53701 Stewards of the Southwest Pathway (608) 255-4195


Friends of the Lakeshore Nature Preserve PO Box 5534 Madison, WI 53705

Four Lakes Yacht Club (608) 222-1401 6312 Metropolitan Ln, Ste A Monona, WI 53713

Friends of Monona Bay

Kegonsa Cove Resort LAKE PARTNER (608) 838-6494 2466 City Rd AB McFarland, WI 53558 RV resort. Seasonal only. Gas on the lake. Pontoon rental, kayaks, and canoe rentals. Convenience store. Bar and grill.

Friends of Olin Turville (608) 239-4299 Friends of Pheasant Branch Conservancy PO Box 628242 Middleton, WI 53562 Friends of Starkweather Creek PO Box 8442 Madison, WI 53708 Friends of Stricker’s Pond (608) 836-5898 Friends of the Kettle Ponds Friends of the Lower Wisconsin Riverway (608) 575-0325 PO Box 614 Spring Green, WI 53588 Friends of the UW Arboretum (608) 571-5362 1207 Seminole Hwy Madison, WI 53711 friends Friends of the Yahara River Headwaters PO Box 139 DeForest, WI 53532

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Madison Log Rolling (608) 305-4564 REI (608) 833-6680 7483 W Towne Way Madison, WI 53719 Rutabaga Paddlesports LLC LAKE PARTNER (608) 223-9300 220 W Broadway Madison, WI 53716 We sell the best brands of kayaks, canoes, and stand-up paddleboards, along with the gear you need to use them. 40 years of experience and passion for being on the water guarantees a great experience. Rentals and classes are available at two locations: Broadway and Monona Drive, or at Olbrich Park on Lake Monona. West Marine (608) 221-8708 2455 W Broadway St Madison, WI 53713

Lake Sports and Recreation-Retail Cabela’s (608) 478-4100 1350 Cabela Dr Sun Prairie, WI 53590 Dick’s Sporting Goods (608) 829-1313 237 West Towne Mall Madison, WI 53719 Fontana Sports (608) 833-9191 231 Junction Rd Madison, WI 53717 Gander Mountain (608) 242-9532 6199 E Metro Dr Deforest, WI 53532 Machinery Row (608) 442-5974 601 Williamson St Madison, WI 53704

Lodging Crown Point Resort LAKE PARTNER (608) 873-7833 2030 Barber Dr Stoughton, WI 53589 We have six modern, year-round cedar cottages on Lake Kegonsa. Located 15 minutes southeast of Madison. Offering kayaks, fishing boats w/10hp, and pontoon rentals to our guests. Five star Trip Advisor and VRBO rating. Hilton Madison Monona Terrace (608) 255-5100 9 E Wilson St Madison, WI 53703 hilton-madison-monona-terraceMSNMHHF/index.html Mendota Lake House Inn (608) 620-3760 704 E Gorham St Madison, WI 53703

DIRECTORY The Edgewater LAKE PARTNER (608) 535-8200 1001 Wisconsin Pl Madison, WI 53703 Madison’s only AAA-Four Diamond resort nestled along the shores of Lake Mendota and in the heart of downtown. It features a public pier, ice rink, luxury rooms, spa and salon, several restaurants, and many special events. The Livingston Inn LAKE PARTNER (608) 238-6317 752 E Gorham St Madison, WI 53703 Experience the history of a 160-year old Gothic revival mansion at The Livingston Inn - a downtown Madison bed & breakfast featuring nine fireplaces, lake access, and stunning architectural details.

Mooring/Slips Brittingham Boats LAKE PARTNER (608) 250-2555 701 W Brittingham Pl Madison, WI 53715 Downtown’s premier paddle destination. Walk-in rentals of stand up paddle boards, kayaks, canoes, paddle boats, and rowboats. Special events including group paddles and Full Moon Paddles make it a Madison must. Goodspeed Family Pier 650 N Lake St Madison, WI 53706 Hoofer Sailing Club (608) 262-1630 800 Langdon St Madison, WI 53706 Kegonsa Cove Resort LAKE PARTNER (608) 838-6494 2466 City Rd AB McFarland, WI 53558 RV resort. Seasonal only. Gas on the lake. Pontoon, kayaks, and canoe rentals. Convenience store. Bar and grill.

Lake Monona Sailing Club LAKE PARTNER We manage two piers for sailboats on Lake Monona: one at Olin Park in Madison, and one at Stonebridge Park in Monona. Please see website for details and membership information. Maple Bluff Marina (608) 244-3048 1321 Farwell Dr Madison, WI 53704 Mazanet Marina LAKE PARTNER (608) 249-9316 5320 Blue Bill Park Dr Madison, WI 53704 Full service marina on Lake Mendota for 60 years. Services include gas on the pier, wet boat slips, dry dock spaces, food concessions, boat accessories, service mechanics, and winter storage. McKenna Park Boathouse (608) 267-2680 3400 Lake Mendota Dr Madison, WI 53705 Quam’s Marine & Motorsports (608) 873-3366 1896 Barber Dr. Stoughton, WI 53589 Shorewood Hills Marina (608) 267-2680 3700 Lake Mendota Dr Madison, WI 53705 Skipper Bud’s LAKE PARTNER (608) 246-2628 5381 Westport Rd Madison, WI 53704 Full service marina and boat dealership. 20 brands of new boats. Service, drystack, wet slips, winter storage. Fully stocked dock store. Westport Marine (608) 850-4774 5339 Lighthouse Bay Dr Madison, WI 53704

Wingra Boats (608) 233-5332 824 Knickerbocker St Madison, WI 53711


Restaurants Betty Lou Cruises LAKE PARTNER (608) 246-3138 Mariner's Inn on Lake Mendota and Machinery Row on Lake Monona Madison’s premier cruise line, cruising Lakes Monona and Mendota since 1998. Enjoy a public or private charter aboard one of our four motor yachts while our experienced crew and captain make your event one to remember. Bishops Bay Country Club (608) 232-4201 3500 Bishops Bay Dr Middleton, WI 53562 Breakwater (608) 416-5388 6308 Metropolitan Lane Monona, WI 53713 Captain Bill’s (608) 831-7327 2701 Century Harbor Rd Middleton, WI 53562 Christy’s Landing LAKE PARTNER (608) 222-5391 2952 Waubesa Ave Madison, WI 53711 Located on beautiful Lake Waubesa featuring lakeside dining, tiki bar, live music, banquet facilities, and volleyball. East Side Club (608) 222-9131 3735 Monona Dr Madison, WI 53714 Green Lantern (608) 838-4730 4412 Siggelkow Rd McFarland, WI 53558

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DIRECTORY Kegonsa Cove Resort LAKE PARTNER (608) 838-6494 2466 City Rd AB McFarland, WI 53558 RV resort. Seasonal only. Gas on the lake. Pontoon, kayaks, and canoe rentals. Convenience store. Bar and grill. Lake Vista Cafe (608) 261-4000 1 John Nolen Dr Madison, WI 53703 Lakeside St. Coffee House LAKE PARTNER (608) 441-7599 402 W Lakeside St Madison, WI 53715 Overlooking Monona Bay and Bernie’s Beach, Lakeside Street Coffee House is a welcoming space serving thoughtfully prepared food and drinks. Wine and beer, live music on weekends. Madison Elks Lodge (608) 255-1644 711 Jenifer St Madison, WI 53703 Memorial Union 608-265-3000 800 Langdon St. Madison, WI 53706 Nau-Ti-Gal (608) 246-3130 5360 Westport Rd Madison, WI 53704 Paisan’s (608) 257-3832 131 W Wilson St Madison, WI 53703 Sardine (608) 441-1600 617 Williamson St Madison, WI 53703 Springers (608) 205-9300 3097 Sunnyside St Stoughton, WI 53589

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The Barge Restaurant (608) 669-8422 The Boathouse LAKE PARTNER The Edgewater (608) 535-8200 1001 Wisconsin Pl Madison, WI 53703 A casual waterfront restaurant offering great burgers, an exciting craft beer selection, and the best sunset views in town. Accessible by land or by water. Open from 11am-11pm daily for boaters, guests, and locals alike! The Mariner’s Inn (608) 246-3120 5339 Lighthouse Bay Dr Madison, WI 53704 The Statehouse LAKE PARTNER The Edgewater (608) 535-8200 1001 Wisconsin Pl Madison, WI 53703 Inspired restaurant overlooking Lake Mendota that offers seafood and steak selections creatively prepared by Executive Chef Joe Heppe. Enjoy a modern Midwestern meal and a sunset any day of the week. Waypoint Public House LAKE PARTNER (608) 222-0224 320 W Broadway Monona, WI 53716 Serving quality American pub fare, strong cocktails, and cold craft beer. We are boat and canoe accessible.

Shoreline Landscaping and Ecological Restoration Adaptive Restoration LLC (608) 554-0411 1882 State Road 92 Mount Horeb, WI 53572

Dixon Shoreline/ LAKE PARTNER Landscaping (608) 742-5657 or (866) 888-5657 N6780 Hwy U Portage, WI 53901 At Dixon Shoreline/Landscaping, we are experts in rainwater harvesting, rain exchange, pondless waterfalls, and fountainscapes. We also specialize in storm water runoff issues like sediment and erosion control, hillside restoration, and native wetland plantings. EC3 Environmental Consulting Group, Inc (608) 497-0955 PO Box 44281 Madison, WI 53744 Ecological Restoration Services LLC (608) 335-7250 5110 Juneau Rd Madison, WI 53705 Good Oak LLC (608) 250-0513 4606 Pflaum Rd, Ste A Madison, WI 53718 Daniels General Contractors (608) 271-4800 919 Applegate Rd Madison, WI 53713 Meister’s K&M Tree and LAKE PARTNER Landscaping Inc. (608) 592-5244 W11924 County Rd V Lodi, WI 53555 Meister’s K&M Tree and Landscaping specializes in shoreline restoration, landscaping, and tree services. Free estimates insured. Email: info@ Olson Toon Landscaping, Inc. (608) 827-9401 3570 Pioneer Rd Verona, WI 53593 SCS Engineers (608) 224-2830 2830 Dairy Dr Madison, WI 53718

DIRECTORY Madison Lakes Yacht Club PO Box 7032 Madison, WI 53707

Strand Associates, Inc. LAKE PARTNER (608) 251-4843 910 W Wingra Dr Madison, WI 53715 For more than 70 years, Strand Associates, Inc., continues to prove itself as a high quality, full service engineering firm dedicated to helping our clients succeed through excellence in engineering.

Madison Sail and LAKE PARTNER Power Squadron The Madison Sail & Power Squadron offers Boating Classes to the public. We teach navigational aids, rules, anchoring, knots, docking, seamanship, and lots more.

True North Consultants, Inc. (608) 234-5092 525 Junction Rd, Ste 1900 Madison, WI 53717 Weed Man LAKE PARTNER (608) 268-2022 2211 Eagle Dr Middleton, WI 53562 Weed Man Lawn Care has been a strong advocate of clean water and reducing sediment runoff since the inception of the company. In creating high quality turf, we are reducing urban sediment runoff while creating beneficial filtering to our lakes and the Yahara Watershed.

Sporting Outlets and Clubs 4 Lakes Bassmasters (608) 695-7595 Badger Flyfishers (608) 233-7480 Badger State Boating Society Camp Randall Rowing Club PO Box 258160 Madison, WI 53725 Fishing Has No Boundaries Madison Chapter (262) 644-7940 Four Lakes Ice Yacht Club (608) 347-3513 Four Lakes Yacht Club (608) 222-1401 6312 Metropolitan Ln Ste A Monona, WI 53713

Photo courtesy of Thomas Klingele. Lake Wingra.

Madison Sailing Center Madison Youth Sailing Foundation PO Box 7624 Madison, WI 53707 Mendota Rowing Club (608) 257-2739 PO Box 646 Madison, WI 53701 Hoofer Sailing Club (608) 262-1630 800 Langdon St Madison, WI 53706

Mendota Yacht Club PO Box 2062 Madison, WI 53701

Lake Kegonsa Sailing Club PO Box 75 Stoughton, WI 53589

Muskies, Inc. - Capital City Chapter (608) 576-0697 PO Box 8862 Madison, WI 53708

LAKE PARTNER Lake Monona Sailing Club Founded in 1969, LMSC supports four major fleets with races on Wednesdays, Saturdays, and holidays throughout the summer. The Club maintains two piers with low-cost slips available to members, and works to make sailing as easy, fun, and affordable as possible for all skill levels. Mad City Paddlers (608) 833-1734

Trout Unlimited Southern Wisconsin Chapter (262) 470-1775 Wisconsin Bass Federation Wisconsin Bowfishing Association Wisconsin Fishing Team (612) 747-0933

Mad City Ski Team (608) 212-9137 6516 Monona Dr #193 Madison, WI 53716

Wisconsin Smallmouth Alliance, Ltd. PO Box 45555 Madison, WI 53744

Madison Bass Club

Yahara Fishing Club (608) 212-2506

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GO JUMP IN THE LAKE By John Roach had been telling the bride for a couple of years that we needed to replace our little, 20-year-old pier. She is smart with nickels and, as usual, scoffed at my latest, hourly idea to spend money. So it was fitting that, as I leaned forward to help our pontoon visitors pull up to the pier, there was a loud crack as the wooden slats gave way beneath me. Fully clothed I descended into the waters of our Northwoods lake, being sure, like any dork, to hold my goofy Apple Watch over my head while everyone laughed.


But I was not angry, because I am always happy to be in the waters of our lake. In fact, it fills me with joy just to look at it, just as it makes me happy to gaze upon our Madison lakes. And now we know why, thanks to a guy named Wallace J. Nichols. He turned my head when I heard him on NPR discussing his new book, “Blue Mind.” The title alludes to the state we achieve emotionally and psychologically when we are in or around water. Water, says Nichols, can bring peace to our frazzled souls. And he should know because he is a renowned scientist who spent time in the water with sensors on his head. In addition to Blue Mind, Nichols asserts that we also have Red Mind when frazzled and Gray Mind when hopeless. Nichols’ work has verified what we already know in our hearts; water soothes us because it is from whence we came; a powerful notion for Madison and Dane County given our bounty of lakes and the vistas they provide. Our lakes have struggled from the days

when my 87-year-old Dad would fish for Mendota perch by looking down into fifteen feet of crystal clear water. It ruffles the peace of a Blue Mind when we gaze upon water while enduring odor, algae, and weeds that shouldn’t be there. Stuff like that quickly turns a Blue Mind into a Red Mind. It also undermines our claim to be the Most Livable Place In The Universe. How can we be so wonderful when our lakes aren’t? When I was a kid, it was a big deal for our parents to pile us into the station wagon and explore our beaches. We loved the stone steps at Tenney, the exotic woods of The Willows, the Monona fun of BB Clarke, and the sheer Wingra joy of the Mother of All Beaches, Vilas. But parks and beach usage have dropped precipitously since those days, as has access to our waters. Sure, The Union Terrace, Edgewater, and James Madison Park offer open access. But not enough. The approved Olbrich beer garden, if it fends off the usual, insufferable NIMBYs, will bring a Terrace experience to Monona. But the peace that water brings us is still most available to those with the considerable resources to buy a home on lakes Mendota or Monona. We have 192 BILLION gallons of water surrounding Madison and Dane County. With 58 miles of shoreline. Yet, the sad truth is that the impressive work Madison has done over the last thirty years to improve bike paths, restaurants, hotels, and State Street has not extended to our lakes and the parks and beaches that nestle along them. But not for long if the Madison’s Clean Lakes Alliance has anything to say

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about it. Already their work has helped decrease phosphorus levels in our lakes. A remarkable act in and of itself. And now they are turning their attention from chemistry to the platforms that allow for all of us to achieve the Blue Mind state; specifically, a renewed focus on improving our beaches and parks. That 58 miles of shoreline, of which we should be so proud, has not received the care and attention it deserves. Now it will. As any traveler will tell you, you can judge a city by how they handle and frame their waters. You cannot be a great city if you show the back of your hand to your lakes, rivers, and streams. Chicago and San Antonio have made themselves into urban pearls by designing their water vistas with foresight and a sense of lasting aesthetics. The Greater Madison area can more broadly extend our views of our lakes from the limited Union and Monona terrace experiences by making make each of our beaches and parks a terrace unto itself. And in so doing broaden the population of people who love and value our lakes. For in the deepest part of our souls, we all long for our moments of The Blue Mind. Especially if you are sitting on a new pier.

The original version of this column appeared in the May 2017 edition of Madison Magazine, and appears here with permission from Madison Magazine.





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