Greater Madison Lake Guide

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S H I N Y, N E W A N D T H E S A M E I N C R E D I B L E E X P E R I E N C E The Terrace is back and better than ever. Stop by everyone’s favorite spot on the lake to experience the same old Terrace with a few new perks. Whiling away the hours on a colorful chair has never looked so good.




On the Lake What do you like most about our lakes?


Our Lakes Calendar 2016

24 Von Rutenbergs Serve up a

Family Legacy of Waterfront Hospitality

26 4 Activities to do on the Lakes

this Winter

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A Sailor Turns Storyteller, and Lake Mendota is His Muse






The Mary B Sails Again Restoration efforts underway for historic Madison ice yacht. Common Fish Species in the Yahara Lakes The Yahara Watershed’s Native American Roots

Cover Photo Courtesy of Thomas Klingele Contents Photo Courtesy of Armando S. Vera


How Can You Help? There are several things you can do! Here are some options to get you started and to help protect our lakes. Keeping Our Lakes Healthy is a Community Job Yahara Lakes 101 Lake Science Cafe

How to Prevent the Spread of Invasive Species


Map of Our Lakes

20 The Science of Our Lakes:

Introduction to the Yahara Watershed

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Clean Lakes Alliance 150 East Gilman Street, Suite 2600, Madison, WI 53703 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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THE BRIGHTEST FUTURES ARE BUILT TOGETHER Great things happen when we work together for the good of Madison, WI. That’s why Thrivent Financial is proud to join with The Clean Lakes Alliance to support the protection of our area lakes. Michael S. Nowicki, FIC

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A Message from CLA

Community Board

In Madison, Wisconsin, you can’t “say it all” until you’ve said Mendota, Monona, Wingra, Waubesa and Kegonsa.

Lauren Azar, Azar Law LLC

These five lakes are an integral part of our culture, and one of the major reasons Madison ranks as a “most livable” city year after year. Their waters entice us to visit, work or study here, and often to stay. When our lakes are healthy, our communities can flourish. That is the philosophy behind our work: Healthy Lakes. Healthy Communities. That is also why we created the Lake Guide: to get more people out enjoying the lakes we love so much. In this first issue of the Greater Madison Lake Guide, we present a comprehensive “user guide” to our lakes. We give an introduction to the perks they have to offer, from great lakeshore parks and access points, to fishing and boating, hotels and restaurants. The summer calendar of events will help you make the most of our lakes in the coming months. We are proud to include an excerpt from our State of the Lakes annual report, a comprehensive look at water quality in lakes Mendota, Monona, Wingra, Waubesa, and Kegonsa. We shed light on the science behind keeping our lakes healthy, and answer the question, “How are our lakes faring year by year?” We also pay homage to the rich history of our lakes in articles about a ‘sailor turned storyteller,’ and the return of a famous boat to its original stomping grounds. We hope that you walk away from this issue with a better understanding of our five lakes. We also hope you will be inspired to take action. I invite you to join our community effort by turning to page 15 and making a donation to become a Friend of Clean Lakes. When everyone sees the lakes as the center of our community, keeping them healthy becomes a much easier task. In partnership, James Tye Executive Director Clean Lakes Alliance

Timothy Baker, Friends of Cherokee Marsh

Staff James Tye, Executive Director Paul Dearlove, Watershed Program Manager Adam Sodersten, Director of Marketing & Development Becky Mitchell, Executive Assistant Katie Nicholas, Watershed Coordinator Justin Chenevert, Water Resources Specialist Theresa Vander Woude, Communication & Outreach Coordinator Luke Huston, Marketing & Graphic Design Specialist

Executive Board Stacey Neu, Chair, Spectrum Brands Brian Potts, V. Chair, Perkins Coie LLP Jim West, Treasurer, Johnson Bank Marilee Gorman, Secretary, First Weber, Inc. Lloyd Eagan, Wisconsin DNR, Retired Jeff Endres, Endres Berryridge Farms LLC Mike Gerner, Gerner Consulting LLC John Kothe, Kothe Real Estate Partners Randy Peterson, LRP Consultants James Tye, Exec. Director, Clean Lakes Alliance

Roger Bannerman, USGS Wisconsin Water Science Center Stefanie Brouwer, Friends of Pheasant Branch Conservancy Roy Carter, Yahara Lakes Association Dea Larsen Converse, Friends of Starkweather Creek Sharon Corrigan, Dane County Board of Supervisors Katie Crawley, City of Madison Mayor, Designee Mary Elvekrog, Badgerland Financial Leslie Even, American Family Insurance Joseph Ferreri, Lands’ End Peter Foy, Friends of Lake Kegonsa Matthew Frank, Murphy Desmond S.C. Thomas Groth, Individual Community Member Bob Karls, Wisconsin Soybean Marketing Board

Rebecca Power, Dane Co. Lakes & Watershed Commn. Paul Robbins, UW-Madison Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies Michael Rupiper, Capital Area Regional Planning Commn. Eric Schmidt, CG Schmidt, Inc. Greg Searle, Wisconsin DNR Scott Smith, Alliant Energy Corporation Amy Supple, The Edgewater Lyle Updike, Dane County Towns Association Robert Weber, First Weber, Inc. Jim Welsh, Natural Heritage Land Trust

Friends of Clean Lakes Board Marilee Gorman, Chair, First Weber, Inc. Trey Sprinkman, V. Chair, Sprinkman Real Estate Rich Lepping, Secretary, Border Patrol of WI, Inc. TJ Blitz, Cresa Madison Cory A. Buye, Buye Law Office

Fred Klancnik, UW-Madison

Jennifer Kuehn, Community Advocate

Woody Kneppreth, Lake Waubesa Conservation Assoc.

Andy Kurth, Weed Man Lawn Care

Tyler Leeper, Wingra Boats & Brittingham Boats Dave Merritt, Dane County Executive Designee Bob Miller, City of Monona

Glenn Reinl, Shared Medical Life, Retired Jon Standridge, Wisconsin State Lab of Hygiene, Retired Mardi Stroud, First Weber, Inc. Russ Tieman, Kelly Financial, Inc.

D. Michael Mucha, Madison Metropolitan Sewerage Dist. Michael Nowicki, Mad-City Ski Team

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On the Lake A. Deb Archer, President/ CEO at the Greater Madison Convention & Visitor Bureau Anyone who knows me well, knows I am a water baby. My “happy places” are ocean beaches or lakefronts. One of the reasons I was eager to move here was the lakes that virtually surround this beautiful city. Because I don’t own a boat, I have resorted to begging friends to take me on boat trips around the lake or I make many a trek to Picnic Point to revel in the water. You’ll find me many Friday evenings at Union Terrace—more for the water than the beer!

A. Scott Hinrichs, Executive Sales Representative at Liberty Mutual Insurance Growing up in Minnesota, I spent a lot of time on the lakes. Between water skiing, swimming all day long, and jumping off the dock. I came to Wisconsin for school and decided to join a fraternity that happened to be located on the water. During my time there, I spent plenty of days and nights on the water with my best friends. These are memories that I


What do you like most

about our lakes?

will cherish forever. After graduating, I stayed in the Madison area. I continue to spend my summers on the water and I am teaching my kids to enjoy the water as much as I do, by taking them out on the boat, visits to the Memorial Union, and spending time at the Edgewater.

A. Mark Raszewski, Owner at Deconstruction Inc. What I like most about our lakes is the sense of community that they create. The lakes influence daily life here in Madison in many ways but how they bring residents together is their greatest feature. As a small business owner and resident a sense of community is important to me and brings with it many benefits. The lakes help keep this feeling even in a city that is growing every day.

A. Liz Lauer, Owner/Broker at Lauer Realty Group For me my love of water came from birth. My parents tell stories of me jumping off the end of the dock in my diaper before I knew how to swim! I have a lot of favorite things, but my ultimate joy of living on

Lake Monona is having a recreational park in my yard while feeling refreshed by water daily. There is a calmness of its presence, a sense of escape and the dramatic ever changing landscape during the seasons. For me, I love every season: spring and fall bird migrations, summer kayak, boat, swim and fish, and the winter wonderland with skating, skiing, and building forts with the kids on the lake.

A. Michael Johnson, President & Chief Executive Officer at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Dane County I love the beauty, diverse species, and that I can simply enjoy them. I also love that at the Boys & Girls Club, through the Lake Explorers Camp, our kids are able to enjoy and benefit from the lakes by exploring everything about them from biology to boating. It’s a great thing, and we are excited about our partnership with Clean Lakes Alliance to help young people get the exposure to the environment and to change their lives forever.

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Clean Lakes Alliance


Our Lakes Calendar

Festivals and Fireworks Displays

Yahara Lakes 101

Monona Community Festival

> August 11, 2016 The Future of Digesters in Dane County Kevin Connors, Dane County Jessica Niekrasz and John Haeckel, Clean Fuel Partners

> July 3 and 4, 2016 > Winnequah Park, Monona, Wisconsin >

Maple Bluff Fest on the Fourth

> September 8, 2016 UW-Madison Green Infrastructure and Stormwater Runoff to Lake Mendota Cassie Goodwin, SmithGroup JJR Gary Brown, UW-Madison

> July 4, 2016 > Beach Park, Madison, Wisconsin > maple-bluff-independence-day

> October 13, 2016 Fish of the Yahara Lakes David Rowe, Wisconsin DNR

Great Taste of the Midwest > August 13, 2016

> November 10, 2016 Beaches and Water Quality Monitoring in the Yahara Lakes Clean Lakes Alliance

Loop the Lake Bike Ride

> December - Hiatus


> July 30, 2016

> See page 16 for more information on Yahara Lakes 101

Frozen Assets > February 3, 4, and 5, 2017

Ironman Triathlon

> July 30, 2016

> September 11, 2016

> Law Park, Madison, Wisconsin

> Madison, Wisconsin


> americas/ironman/wisconsin

> The Edgewater, Madison, WI >

> August 5 and 6, 2016

Paddle & Portage

> Christy’s Landing on Lake Waubesa, Madison, Wisconsin

> James Madison Park, Madison, Wisconsin >

Sports Events

Shoreline Swim

Madison Area Antique and Classic Boat Show

> July 30, 2016


> Olbrich Park, Madison, Wisconsin

> The Edgewater, Madison, Wisconsin >

> Olin Park, Madison, Wisconsin

Community Events Concerts on the Rooftop > July 7, 14, and 21, 2016

Fore! Lakes Golf Outing > September 19, 2016 > Maple Bluff Country Club, Madison, Wisconsin >

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> Monona Terrace Rooftop Garden, Madison, Wisconsin > all-programs/category/concerts_ entertainment_events#tunes_at_ monona_terrace

Photo Courtesy of Armando S. Vera

Lakeside Kids > July 27, 2016 > Monona Terrace Rooftop Garden, Madison, Wisconsin > all-programs/category/children_s_ programs

Dane Dances > August 5, 12, 19, and 26, 2016 > Monona Terrace Rooftop Garden, Madison, Wisconsin

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5 3 4 5 W. R i v e r R o a d Wa u n a k e e , W I 5 3 5 9 7 608-849-9200

> all-programs/category/concerts_ entertainment_events#dane_ dances

Moon Over Monona Terrace > September 9, 2016 > Monona Terrace Rooftop Garden, Madison, Wisconsin > all-programs/category/family_ events_festivals

Fishing Events Midwest College Shootout > September 23 and 24, 2016 > Lake Farm Park, Madison, Wisconsin > #!events/c1x9v

Wisconsin Fishing Expo > February 24, 25, and 26, 2017 > Alliant Energy Center, Madison, Wisconsin >

Sales Service Restoration Bottom Painting Fiberglass Repair Rigging & Launching Wood Furniture Creations Greater Madison Lake Guide | Summer 2016 11




A Sailor Turns Storyteller,

and Lake Mendota is His Muse By Greer Deneen

Until last fall, most folks knew Don Sanford as one of the pack of “water rats” who raced their sleek, wind-powered craft on the waves and ice of Madison’s lakes. But with the publication of a book 12 years in the making, Sanford took on an unlikely new role: keeper of the history and lore of Lake Mendota.


’ve always been a sailor, never a writer,” says Sanford, an agile-looking man with a grizzled beard and sea-grey eyes behind wire rim glasses. “When I started the project, the last thing I had written was in grad school back in 1974.” Yet he dove in, driven by knowledge that Lake Mendota was too often a mystery to the people who lived along its shores.

“I’d pick up friends from the Memorial Union for a boat ride, and we would

start cruising down the shoreline. Without fail, somebody who’d spent their whole life in Madison would say, ‘Where the hell are we? I don’t know what this place is.’ Whenever that happened,” Sanford recalls, “it always made me think that somebody— somebody else, that is—should produce a lake guide.” The suggestion that Sanford should write that book didn’t surface until he and a few buddies embarked on a sailing trip

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to Lake Superior. “One of us had taken a job as a captain for Betty Lou Cruises on Lake Mendota, and he was telling stories about the lake as we were driving north. He ran out of stories about the time we reached Wausau, so I jumped in,” Sanford says. “Three hours later we reached Bayfield, and I was still talking.” Sanford’s friends insisted that he write his stories down, launching a voyage that would eventually become the full-color, lavishly illustrated On Fourth

Lake: A Social History of Lake Mendota. The title, which comes from the early surveyors’ name for the northernmost lake in the chain, might sound dry, but the book is as entertaining as the place that inspired it.

around. That research lead to other collections—newspaper stories, scrap books, and old photo albums. I ended up building a database of between 7,000 and 8,000 items, all cataloged by location,” he says.

Packed with geographic facts, anecdotes, misadventures, heroics, vintage photos, and historic maps, the 359-page volume offers glimpses of life on the lake through the ages—from the Native American cultures that first inhabited the lakeshore to Prohibitionera hijinks when thirsty Madisonians drove their Model Ts across the frozen lake to imbibe at Westport’s thriving speakeasies. Along the way, you’ll learn about comings and goings of lakefront businesses, homes, and parks—as well as the people who built them.

A research project of this scope sounds even more daunting when Sanford mentions that he has attention deficit disorder. “Opening a card catalog is about the worst thing I can do; it makes me want to head off in a dozen different directions all at once,” he says ruefully. “But Barb, my wife, helped me catalog the information and the pieces gradually came together.”

Like the lake itself, it’s a book you can dip into anywhere and find something that will surprise and delight. Organized spatially rather than chronologically, On Fourth Lake takes the reader on a visual cruise around Lake Mendota’s 26 miles of shoreline. “It’s split up into sections that you could cover in a couple of hours paddling in a canoe or kayak,” Sanford says. “I wanted it to be a practical guide as well as historical, so the book also covers hazards like rock bars and shallows,” he adds. “It’ll tell you where you can go get a good meal and a drink. And where you can anchor out and spend a night on the water, which is a wonderful thing that too few people do.” The book’s diverse content gives it broad appeal: On Fourth Lake sells as well at University Book Store as it does at a bait shop and hardware stores. Sanford says his love of lake living began on the shores of Cazenovia Lake near Syracuse, New York, where he grew up. “It was a little lake—just a mile wide and five miles long—but it was a place of endless adventure for me.


Sanford hopes that On Fourth Lake will inspire more people to literally immerse themselves in all that Madison’s lakes have to offer. “I want us to become a city of lake users rather than just lake viewers,” he asserts. “Yes, the Madison chain gives us magnificent scenery to see from our windows, but it’s so much better to be in or on a lake than just looking at it.”

I think if you grow up on any body of water, you’re imprinted and drawn back to the water, just like a salmon always returns from the sea to its birthplace.” After moving to Madison in 1976 to work at Wisconsin Public Television, Sanford again found his place among “water people,” racing sailboats in summer and iceboats in winter. He’s a member of the Four Lakes Ice Yacht Club, past commodore of the Mendota Yacht Club, and commodore of the International Nite Ice Yacht Class Association. He is also a boat captain for Betty Lou Cruises, the popular dining cruise line that plies Lakes Mendota and Monona.

Getting out on the lake, he adds, offers a sense of liberty and self-sufficiency that’s a rarity in modern life.

“Hanging out with all these lake people, I’d naturally hear lots of lake stories—so I felt like I already knew quite a bit when I started the book,” Sanford recalls. “When I started digging, trying to verify the information, I found out that the stories had gotten mixed up quite a bit. Usually, about three out of five facts were correct.” Fortunately, Sanford worked only a block or so from the Wisconsin Historical Society. “I’d take a long lunch, walk over there, and start rooting

In the introduction to On Fourth Lake, Sanford sums up his feelings: “It’s a place where we can cast off the burdens of everyday life each time we leave shore. A place where we’re free and ultimately responsible for ourselves and our safe return to shore.... A place where that perfect experience of a day on the water sticks with us through the long, cold winter until we can have our next perfect day.” On Fourth Lake: A Social History of Lake Mendota is available at,, University Book Store’s two locations, MMOCA Museum Store, Room of One’s Own, Ace Hardware stores on Williamson Street and Allen Boulevard, and D & S Bait. The price is $35.

PHOTOS 1. A shortage of men during WWII forced Madison to hire the city’s first female lifeguards. Photo courtesy of Wisconsin Historical Society. 2. In 1979, hundreds of spectators posed with “Lady Liberty” on Lake Mendota’s ice behind Memorial Union. Photo courtesy of Don Sanford. 3. Famed Madison fisherman “Pickerel Billy” Dunn died in 1925, when a fish hook penetrated his hand. Photo courtesy of Wisconsin Historical Society. 4. Martin Lemberger dons homemade diving gear as he prepares to head to the bottom of Lake Mendota in 1938. Photo courtesy of Anne McCann. Greater Madison Lake Guide | Summer 2016 13

The Mary B Sails Again


Restoration Efforts Underway for Historic Madison Ice Yacht

feet long with 28-foot-tall masts and 75 square feet of sail. In contrast, the Mary B—with a towering 40-foot mast and 360 square feet of sail – looks like an eagle among swallows. The ice yacht weighs more than a ton, and can fly across the ice at 80 miles per hour in a strong wind.

1 On a cold, bright day in February, 2016, an iconic piece of Madison’s history came home in memorable style. As the wind freshened, the towering sails of the Mary B iceboat filled and the 39-foot craft took flight—skimming across the ice with the same grace and agility that drew crowds of cheering onlookers to Madison’s lakes more than 60 years ago. That short-but-triumphant cruise was the first of what an enthusiastic group of fans hope will be many such adventures for the venerable Mary B. After rescuing the craft from a dilapidated building where it had been stored for the past 15 years, members of the Four Lakes Ice Yacht Club are raising funds to return the championship-winning iceboat to her former glory. “This is one of the most famous iceboats from a really interesting and important time in Madison history,” says Don Anderson, owner of The Boathouse and the iceboat enthusiast who rescued the craft from storage. “Putting the Mary B back on the ice, racing, and

winning the way it once did, is a way to keep that history alive.”

2 Winning is a longstanding tradition with the Mary B, which was one of the top performers among the giant iceboats that competed across the Midwest in the 1950s and ‘60s. The handmade craft won the Randolph Hearst Cup four times in the 1950s, and took top honors in 13 major regattas between 1949 and 1964. “Today, people favor smaller, single-sail boats that hold one person—and the big iceboats have all but disappeared,” says Anderson. A sizable iceboat by today’s standards is usually around 30

Commissioned in the late 1940s by Madison electrician O.T. Havey, the Mary B took three years to build and cost upwards of $24,000—equivalent to more than $250,000 today. “Given its history, the Mary B is in surprisingly good shape,” Anderson says. “But it needs a complete going over to bring it back to race-worthy condition. If that mast cracked, for instance, there’s just no way to replace it.” The project is expected to cost $40,000, which includes restoration work, the purchase of an enclosed trailer to store, and transport the boat, and reimbursing Anderson, who purchased the iceboat to return it to Madison. “The Mary B has been locked away for years in a private collection,” says Anderson, “but now we have the chance to put it back on ice – to compete and, we hope, win.”

To learn more about the Mary B, and to contribute to its restoration, visit www.cleanlakesalliance. org, click on the blue “Donate” button, and select Iceboat “Mary B.”

PHOTOS 1. Mary B on Lake Mendota (1955). Photo courtesy of Jay Payton. 2. Mary B’s owner, O.T. Havey and skipper Carl Bernard. Photo courtesy of Four Lakes Ice Yacht Club. 3. The Mary B draws a crowd of onlookers during a regatta on Lake Monona off Law Park (1952). Photo courtesy of Four Lakes Ice Yacht Club. 14 Greater Madison Lake Guide | Summer 2016

Common Fish Species in the Yahara Lakes:

The Yahara Watershed’s Native American Roots The current names, designated by the Wisconsin legislature 1855 and derived from Ho Chunk, Ojibwa, Sauk-Fox, Dakota languages are: > Mendota = Confluence of Rivers, or Great

> Northern Pike

> Monona = Beautiful

> Musky (Muskellunge)

> Wingra = Duck

> Walleye

> Waubesa = Swan Perch • Bass • Carp

> Largemouth Bass > Smallmouth Bass

> Kegonsa = Little Fish

The Original Ho Chunk names, recorded in 1837: > Mendota = Wonkshekhomikla, or Where the Man Lies

> White Bass

> Pumpkinseed

> Black Bullhead

> Yellow Bass

> Black Crappie

> Common Carp

> Rock Bass

> White Crappie

> Freshwater Drum

> Bluegill

> Channel Catfish

> Lake Sturgeon

> Wingra = Kichunkochheperrah, or Where the Turtle Comes Up

> Yellow Perch

> Yellow Bullhead

> Bowfin

> Waubesa = Sahoochatela, or Rushes Lake

> Green Sunfish

> Brown Bullhead

> Longnose Gar

> Monona = Tcheehobekeelakaytela, or Teepee Lake

> Kegonsa = Nasakoochatela, or Hard Maple Grove Lake Source: Historic Madison, Inc.

How Can You Help? There are several things you can do! Here are some options to get you started and to help protect our lakes. Leaf Management


Mulch fallen leaves with your lawn mower, and keep the leaves off the streets and storm drains. Check with your municipality for leaf pick up dates to coincide with your raking and to minimize leaves on the curb and blowing into the street.

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

We need your time and your financial support to accomplish this goal. It’s doable, but not without your help.


> Become a Friend of Clean Lakes

Driveways Driveways are a big contributor to storm water runoff. Consider adding a drainage system on the sides of your driveway, or construct it with pervious materials like paving, gravel, grass, etc. to allow better filtration and prevent runoff.

Landscape your property for water diversion/retention and erosion control. Consider incorporating the following into your landscape: > A rain garden or swale to manage rainwater runoff

Donate and Volunteer!

> Become a Lake Partner > Volunteer at a Renew the Blue Day > Please go to to get more involved

> Plant native plants in your landscaping > Use heavy mulch that won’t wash away in heavy rains

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Keeping our lakes healthy

is a community job At Clean Lakes Alliance, we know keeping our lakes healthy is a community job. Our partners at Dane County, the City of Madison, the Yahara Watershed Improvement Network, and numerous local municipalities and agencies commit significant time and resources to our lakes. Clean Lakes Alliance works closely with the staff and leadership to support this work and to raise public support for healthy lakes. Clean Lakes Alliance’s work to improve water quality is fueled by the community at large. We rely on support from people like you, donations made by businesses, money raised through events and sponsorships, contributions

of time, skills or, equipment, and, of course, by grants. We regularly receive grants from both local and national organizations—which allow our work to be applied beyond our immediate community. In January, Clean Lakes Alliance was awarded an exciting $60,000 two-year grant by the Fund for Lake Michigan. This grant will investigate the potential water quality benefits of windrow manure composting, an innovative technique for turning animal waste into compost. If successful, findings from the research will be applied in the Yahara

Watershed and beyond. In 2016, Clean Lakes Alliance also received grants from organizations such as the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, the Dane County Environmental Council, Madison Community Foundation, and Royal Bank of Canada for projects focused on urban leaf management, citizen water quality monitoring, and other educational programs. As of June, we have been awarded more than $150,000 in grant funding in 2016. Since 2010, Clean Lakes Alliance has been able to bring in new ideas and technology that help us stay on track to meet our phosphorus reduction goals. We are proud to be a part of the community effort, and honored to have your support.

Visit to learn more about how we are making a difference.


Yahara Lakes 101 is a series of educational events open to the public. The event creates opportunities to bring the research of scientists, lake experts and leaders in front of policy and decision makers and business and community leaders, leading to a better understanding of the threats facing Madison’s lakes and how we can take action to preserve them. The series is also a great chance for residents to learn more about the science behind the issues that affect our lakes. Each month we feature a different expert to make the science accessible and interesting to technical and non-technical audiences alike. Enjoy a presentation followed by questions and answers over coffee and pastries with beautiful Lake Mendota as the backdrop.

Yahara Lakes 101 is produced in partnership with the UW-Madison Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies, with hosting sponsor The Edgewater, presenting sponsor First Weber Group, supporting sponsor The Evjue Foundation, and media sponsor Isthmus Publishing. > Date: Second Thursdays each month, except December > Time: 8 - 9 a.m. > Location: Ballroom at The Edgewater > Price: $10 at the door or free to Friends of Clean Lakes. Become a Friend today!

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Thursday, August 11 The Future of Digesters in Dane County Kevin Connors, Dane County Jessica Niekrasz and John Haeckel, Clean Fuel Partners


Thursday, September 8 UW-Madison Green Infrastructure and Stormwater Runoff to Lake Mendota Cassie Goodwin, SmithGroup JJR Gary Brown, UW-Madison

> Thursday, October 13 Fish of the Yahara Lakes David Rowe, Wisconsin DNR >

Thursday, November 10 Beaches and Water Quality Monitoring in the Yahara Lakes Clean Lakes Alliance

> December - Hiatus

crystal clear Alliant Energy is a proud supporter of the Clean Lakes Alliance

How to Prevent the Spread of Invasive Species This is Wisconsin law and penalties can exceed $2,000 if you are found at fault. Before launching and before leaving you MUST: > Inspect boats, trailers, and equipment. > Remove all attached aquatic plants and animals. > Drain all water from boats, vehicles, and equipment. > Never move plants or live fish away from a waterbody.

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> Dispose of unwanted bait in the trash. > Buy minnows from a Wisconsin bait dealer.

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For morning information visit and search “Bait Laws.”

PHOTOS 1. Eurasian Watermilfoil. Photo courtesy of Emily Hilts. 2. Zebra Mussels. Photo courtesy of Adam Hinterthuer. Greater Madison Lake Guide | Summer 2016 17


of our lakes Beaches & Access Sites 18 Greater Madison Lake Guide | Summer 2016


Gasoline Vendors Source: WI DNR

Beaches & Access Sites

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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


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Nau-Ti-Gal Betty Lou Cruises The Mariner’s Inn Bishop’s Bay Country Club Captain Bill’s The Statehouse The Icehouse The Boathouse Madison Elk’s Lodge Sardine Lake Vista Cafe Paisan’s East Side Club Lakeside St. Coffee House Green Lantern Christy’s Landing Kegonsa Cove Resort Springers

Gasoline Vendors 1 2 3 4 5

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

Photo Courtesy of Armando S. Vera

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Five iconic lakes, 370,000 people, 170,000 acres of farmland, one state capitol, and a research university that happens to be the birthplace of freshwater science: welcome to our watershed.

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, Wingra, 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 U.S. 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 chain of lakes.

Challenges Before settlement, the region contained a mix of wetlands, prairie, oak savannah, and forest. Early residents commented on white sandy lake bottoms that they could see through the clear, clean lake waters. Fast-forward to today and the lakes are no longer clear. There are days in the summer when algal blooms cloud the water and close beaches. Why does this happen? Today the rain no longer flows just through grasses and trees and then into the lakes and streams. Instead it also falls on farms and streets, parking lots and construction sites, washing whatever is there into our lakes and streams. The soil and sediment that washes in muddies the water and contains nutrients that fuel algae growth. However, municipalities are putting in structures that slow down and treat stormwater, rebuilding waterway banks, cleaning streets, and testing innovative ways to protect urban water quality. In rural areas,

rainwater that flows over cropland, especially during intense rain events, can lead to erosion of valuable topsoil and nutrient runoff. Farmers address the potential erosion by planting cover crops, using low-tillage practices, and creating harvestable buffer strips along field edges and waterways. Our lake ecosystems are also facing challenges. Non-native plants and animals—like the spiny water flea, Eurasian water milfoil, and carp have been introduced to the Yahara lakes by design and by accident. Invasive species have had a big impact on water quality and clarity. Clean Lakes Alliance, and our many community partners, are working to promote existing solutions to these challenges, as well as looking to find new ways to manage runoff. This work will mean more days when our lakes are clear and our beaches are open. Clean Lakes Alliance is engaging the community in the fight for healthy lakes.

Different Lakes, Different Responses The Yahara lakes are different depths and respond differently to phosphorus levels as a result. Lakes Mendota and Monona are larger, deeper lakes and Wingra, Waubesa, and Kegonsa are shallower lakes. In the report card, we use criteria adapted from the Department of Natural Resources to characterize the water quality and clarity levels in both the deeper and shallower lakes in the system. Lake Wingra, the smallest Yahara lake, is not part of the chain that connects the other Yahara lakes. Water flows from Lake Wingra into Lake Monona via Wingra Creek. Wingra is a popular spot for boating and swimming and is mostly surrounded by the University of Wisconsin Arboretum and public parks.


Cascading Impact The Yahara chain of lakes is one of the most studied in the world. Through that research, scientists have determined that phosphorus pollution that flows into Lake Mendota is a major source of pollution to the lower lakes. This is because Lake Mendota sits at the top of the chain of lakes and receives runoff from the biggest area of land. Improvements to the water quality of the lower lakes in the chain depend on land use management practices in the Mendota watershed. In addition, actions by businesses and residents who live and work around each lake will also be crucial for the long-term health of the Yahara lakes.

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Source: WI DNR

At a Glance: 2015 Report Card Phosphorus Precipitation carries sediment and phosphorus-enriched runoff to the lakes. The past few years of average precipitation was preceded by drought in 2011 and 2012. Less rain during the drought meant less polluted runoff reached the lakes. Phosphorus levels in the lakes responded quickly and decreased during the drought. Since a return to normal precipitation over the past few years, phosphorus levels have been creeping back up to long-term median values. In 2015, phosphorus levels in the lakes were close to the long-term median. Summer phosphorus levels indicate good water quality in Mendota, Monona, Waubesa, and Wingra. Lake Kegonsa continued to experience fair water quality. The water quality criteria are different for deeper lakes like Mendota and Monona and the shallower lakes.

1 Water Clarity Water clarity is measured by lowering a Secchi (sekē) disk into the water and recording the lowest depth at which the disk remains visible. Water clarity continued to be good in Mendota and Wingra. Monona clarity was fair. Waubesa water clarity improved slightly from fair to good. Kegonsa continued to show fair water clarity.

PHOTO 1. Secchi disk. Photo courtesy of Adam Hinterthuer, UW-Madison Center for Limnology. Greater Madison Lake Guide | Summer 2016 21

Water Temperature Water temperature can impact summer water quality because blue-green algal blooms tend to proliferate in warmer temperatures. Maximum water temperatures in 2015 were close to the long-term median in each lake.

Beaches In 2015 we recorded closures due to Escherichia coli (E. coli) and blue green algae. In general, high phosphorus levels fuel algal blooms and can create conditions that lead to blue green algae growth and to beach closures. Beach water quality is also adversely impacted by heavy rain events. On its way to storm drains, rainwater can pick up fecal matter from dogs, geese, and other urban animals and lead to closures due to E. coli. In some cases, beaches are closed due to both causes. In 2015, for all the Yahara lakes, over half of the beach closures were due to high E. coli. Monona and Wingra closures were all due to high E. coli. In contrast, Goodland County Park beach on Lake Waubesa, which had the highest number of closures of all the lakes, was closed almost entirely due to blue green algae or both blue green algae and E. coli.

Aquatic Plant Harvesting Dane County continued to harvest aquatic nuisance plants to help provide for reasonable use of the lakes for boating, fishing, and swimming, while preserving the health and balance of the lake ecosystem. Once again, Monona had the highest level of plant harvesting.

year-to-year variability. In the 2015-2016 winter season, Lake Mendota officially froze about three weeks later and opened about two weeks earlier than the median dates: a 43-day loss. In 161 years of recording ice cover, Mendota has only frozen later eight times. Since the 1850s, the winter ice season has been shortened by 25%, or about a month.

Lake Trends Phosphorus Loading Phosphorus loading is a measure of the amount of phosphorus transported by a river over a period of time. The United States Geological Survey (USGS) measures the phosphorus loading into Lake Mendota by monitoring at locations on its four major tributaries. In 2015, nearly half of the annual phosphorus load occurred in the April-June period. This is in contrast to historical longterm data showing that January-March is typically the period in which most phosphorus is transported to the lake. The timing of snowmelt and rain events can make a difference in the amount of runoff that reaches our streams and lakes. When the ground is frozen, when rain events are spaced closely together, or when very heavy, snow/rain has less of a chance to soak in the ground, then more phosphorus runs off the land. The phosphorus loads from the four major

tributaries to Lake Mendota totaled about 25,000 pounds for the 2015 water year.

Food Web In addition to phosphorus levels, water clarity is also impacted by complex food web interactions. Invasive organisms, introduced into the Yahara lakes from other lakes in Wisconsin and the Great Lakes, disrupt the balance of life and can impact water quality in complex ways. For example, in Lake Mendota, the invasive spiny water flea is present and can have a great impact on water clarity by preying on Daphnia, a native organism that eats a tremendous amount of algae. Zebra mussels, another invasive organism, have been found in Lake Mendota, but the population has not yet gotten a foothold. Carp can have a big impact on water quality. By feeding on the bottom of the lake, carp stir up phosphorusladen sediment that mixes into the water column and leads to algae growth. Dane County has worked with the Department of Natural Resources to study and remove the carp population in Lake Wingra and Cherokee Marsh (upstream from Lake Mendota). In Lake Wingra, we have seen a tremendous improvement in lake water quality since the removal of carp from the lake in 2008. A similar carp removal study is now being conducted in Lake Kegonsa.

Lake Levels Dane County controls the water level in Lakes Mendota, Monona, Waubesa, and Kegonsa though the Tenney locks at the outlet of Lake Mendota on the Yahara River, and at the Waubesa and Kegonsa dams.

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 22 Greater Madison Lake Guide | Summer 2016

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2015 Madison Area Climate Statistics

2015 rainfall in Madison was greater than normal, by about five inches, and there were 11 days with greater than one-inch storms, three days more than normal. Fortunately, the rain days were spaced out enough to allow the water to soak in between rain events. The snowfall was below normal by about 13 inches. Both the time between rainfall events and the lack of a big snowmelt in the spring helped bring less polluted runoff into the lakes. Longer term, overall precipitation has increased 10% in the last 30 years. There are also an increasing number of intense storm events (greater than one inch storms) over the past three decades. This increase in intensity has the potential to overwhelm the many practices that we are putting in place to prevent phosphorus-enriched runoff. The changing climate means we must be willing to put even more emphasis on urban and rural practices—pushing our elected officials, producers, and community members to put even more practices in place so that we can protect and improve our lake quality.

2015 Monthly Precipitation vs Normal 6

Normal Precipitation 2015 Average Monthly Precipitation









In 2015, Clean Lakes 0 Alliance staff and volunteers Jan expanded our beachmonitoring program from James Madison Beach to 24 beaches throughout the Yahara lakes. These monitoring data were reported to Public Health Madison & Dane County and are included in the beach totals in this report. The beach closings were up this year because of this increased testing. In 2014, Clean Lakes Alliance found high E. coli counts after significant rain events at James Madison beach. In 2015, our staff confirmed this finding after coordinated sampling events at 24 beaches within three to seven hours of significant rain events. After one intense rainstorm in July, 61% of the beaches tested high for E. coli. Clean Lakes Alliance will continue to monitor beaches in 2016 and share information with the public and our community partners.


Feb Mar Apr May Jun July Aug Sept Oct Nov Dec Source: NOAA

Innovative Solutions There are some management experiments that give us good news for the beaches. From 2010 to 2012, researchers deployed boom deflector systems on four Madison beaches: B.B. Clarke, Bernie’s, Olin, and Warner. The booms have proven to be inexpensive measures that work to keep algal blooms and other floating debris from the beaches and to reduce beach closures. In 2015, the boom systems were in place at B.B. Clarke, Warner, and Bernie’s. Working together, we can make the necessary changes that will lead to clean and healthy lakes. Clean Lakes Alliance looks forward to continuing to work with city, county, business, and community leaders towards our goal of healthy lakes.


PHOTOS 1. Daphnia. Photo courtesy of Danielle Gries. 2. Spiny Water Flea. Photo courtesy of Danielle Gries. 3. Bernie’s Beach on Lake Monona. 4. Boom wall being unloaded from barge. Photo courtesy of Richard Lathrop. Greater Madison Lake Guide | Summer 2016 23





von Rutenbergs serve up a family legacy of

waterfront hospitality By Greer Deneen

When they bought a tiny burger joint in downtown Madison in 1961, Bill and Betty von Rutenberg thought they were taking a temporary veer from teaching careers. But things didn’t quite end up the way they planned. he husband-and-wife team never did find teaching jobs. Instead, they and their three sons—Bill Jr., Jack, and Robert – became accomplished restaurateurs, parlaying their humble beginnings at the eightseat Nibble Nook into a flourishing family business. Anyone with a passing familiarity with Madison will recognize the names of their three landmark waterfront restaurants—the Mariner’s Inn, Nau-Ti-Gal and Captain Bill’s – as well as the Betty Lou dining cruise line.


Yet the journey was not always smooth sailing, says Jack von Rutenberg, 55, the second of Bill and Betty’s sons. “We had some awfully lean years early on where we barely hung on,” he recalls. Times were especially tough when Bill and Betty sold the Nibble Nook to purchase Jack Burke’s Supper Club in 1966. The restaurant, located off County M on Lake Mendota’s northeast shore, had a small-but-loyal clientele that— devastatingly – departed along with the former owner.

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“Fortunately, my mom was a terrific cook who could feed a crowd as well as she did our family,” Jack says. “My brother Robert was a baby, and he slept in a bassinet by the grill while my mom cooked since there was no money for a sitter. He says because of that, he’s got kitchen grease in his veins.” In 1969, Bill and Betty renamed the restaurant, dubbing it the Mariner’s Inn. With the addition of kitchen help, Betty moved into the front of the restaurant and, Jack says, “a star was born.

“Mom had the personality to be up front, to create the atmosphere of friendliness and great service that we’re still all about today,” he adds. “Dad—an ex-Marine, football player and coach – had the mental toughness to keep slogging ahead when things got really tough. They brought a great combination of skills and talents to the business.”

private cruises for 20 to 90 guests on Lakes Mendota and Monona. The boats run seven days a week with a different theme for every day, including a Monday Fiesta Cruise, Friday Seafood Cruise, and Sunday Champagne Brunch. Or yachts can be reserved for private events, from bachelor/bachelorette parties to corporate outings.

Within a few years, the restaurant turned around as word spread about its beautiful lakefront setting, friendly atmosphere, and delectable steak and seafood menu. The Mariner’s Inn continues to thrive—expanding eight times over the past 50 years from the original 28 seats to capacity for 200 people.

Just Add Water

The next acquisition was Hanson’s Bar on the Yahara River, just around the corner from the Mariner’s Inn. “We questioned having two restaurants essentially next door to each other,” Jack says, “but we’d taken a trip to Florida and saw all the great waterfront dining happening there.” Realizing that Madison needed a similar casual lakeshore experience, the family opened the Nau-Ti-Gal in 1982. With a menu that emphasizes fresh, local ingredients, the Nau-Ti-Gal attracts diners from water and land to enjoy a menu that includes handcrafted burgers, a classic Wisconsin fish fry, and von Rutenberg’s signature clam chowder. Captain Bill’s was the next restaurant in the von Rutenberg family venture, on the site of the venerable Hatch Cover restaurant on Mendota’s western shore – but with its launch in 1993 came crushing news. Just days before the opening, Betty was diagnosed with ovarian cancer. “At one point, we spent the day in the doctor’s office, and then came home to host a pre-opening party for 400 people,” Jack says. “It was wrenching, but it’s what Mom wanted.”

Although the von Rutenbergs’ ventures vary, all their businesses have one thing in common: water.

5 Even as Betty battled cancer, the new restaurant flourished – almost instantly becoming a Madison favorite on the merits of its clam chowder, crab cakes and coconut shrimp. Winner of Best of Madison’s “Best Seafood Restaurant” and an Open Table Diner’s Choice, Captain Bill’s has been featured on the Food Network as one of the best casual restaurants in the U.S. Two years after Captain Bill’s opened its doors, Betty had passed away and the following year Bill retired to Florida, leaving Bill Jr., Jack, and Robert to lead the business. “It’s not an easy thing to tell your staff that kind of news. But we had grown up in the business, and we were building on the good will that Bill and Betty had created over the years,” Jack says. “Our values are the same as our parents’—serving the finest quality food in a genuinely welcoming atmosphere.” Another two years sailed by, and the most recent von Rutenberg venture was launched: Betty Lou Cruises, which the brothers named in honor of their mother. “We had been thinking about this business for 14 years, and we felt the timing was right to make it happen,” Jack says.

“We’re water people,” Jack affirms. “My dad loved the lakes and loved nothing more than sharing the experience of them with the people he cared about.” Back in the early Nibble Nook years, Bill found a burned-out cottage on the shores of Lake Mendota which he purchased from an owner who wanted little more than to divest himself of the nuisance property. “Back then, the house was in the middle of nowhere, but it let us grow up on and in the water,” Jack says. “I’ve been in that lake at least two or three times a week for more than 50 years.” As teenagers, when the brothers weren’t working in the restaurants, they were on the lakes. “We were big water skiers, but that meant we had to buy gas,” Jack says. “If we hadn’t picked up enough shifts for gas money, we’d go sailing. Either way, we headed for the lake.” “The Madison lakes are an amazing recreational resource and an economic driver for the region,” he continues. “When it comes to their quality, you can never over-achieve—there’s always something more that can be done. It’s gratifying to see that so many people are working together now to make the water quality the best it can be.”

Today, Betty Lou Cruises has four motor yachts running public and

PHOTOS 1. Brothers Robert, Bill and Jack von Rutenberg run Betty Lou Cruises as well as the family’s trio of waterfront restaurants. 2. The first of von Rutenbergs’ lakeside restaurants, Mariner’s Inn on Lake Mendota offers dining accessible by boat or car. 3. Betty Lou Cruises, a venture 14 years in the making, runs daily dining tours of Lakes Mendota and Monona. 4. Choosing quality meat came naturally for Betty von Rutenberg, who grew up working at Neesvig’s, her grandfather’s meat packing company. 5. Husband-and-wife team Bill and Betty von Rutenberg served up delicious food and warm hospitality from 1961 until Betty’s death in 1996. Photos Courtesy of the von Rutenberg Family

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4 Activities to Do on the

Lakes This Winter By Kate Lawton

Winters in Wisconsin are cold. Temperatures frequently dip below zero, and it snows. A lot. But we Wisconsinites never let a little cold weather slow us down. Madison’s five lakes—Kegonsa, Mendota, Monona, Waubesa, and Wingra—in fact serve as ideal venues to winter sports. From old stand-bys to unique adventures, here are four ways to enjoy Madison’s frozen lakes this winter. body of water, as long as the wind blows and the ice is smooth and clear. “Each Madison lake has its own unique draw,” says Whitehorse. “Lake Monona’s city skyline is world famous as a dramatic backdrop for ice sailing and for its proximity to a variety of places to socialize after sailing. The social aspect and camaraderie are a big part of the sport.”

Sail Lake Monona on an Iceboat Iceboating, also known as ice sailing and yachting, is the ultimate winter activity. The sport requires three things: a boat, wind, and ice. Winter sailors in boats fitted with runners soar across frozen water at speeds most commonly between 50 and 60 miles per hour and in excess of 100 miles per hour depending on the wind and ice. “It’s a fast, fun, and very unique experience whether you are an experienced sailor or not,” says Deb Whitehorse, secretary and webmaster of Four Lakes Ice Yacht Club in Madison.

Snowkite Across a Frozen Lake Mendota Beginners can snag a DN class iceboat—a relatively easy boat to transport and sail—for less than $1000, according to Whitehorse. Some Four Lakes Ice Yacht Club members also have iceboats available for novices to use. Iceboating can be done on any frozen

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If you’re not quite ready to invest in iceboating, give snowkiting a go instead. In snowkiting, skiers and snowboarders tether themselves to large kites and take off powered by the wind. Speeds of up to 60 miles per hour are common.

Bald Eagle and Lake Sunset Photos Courtesy of Mickey Wilson

The good news is that snowkiting is easier than it looks. The sport draws on a lot of the same concepts as its warm weather cousin, kiteboarding, with a much faster learning curve. This extreme winter sport is best suited for wide-open terrains, making Madison’s Lake Mendota the perfect launching pad. Try taking a lesson if you’re new to snowkiting. Newbies should already know how to ski or snowboard. Madison-based kiteboarding shop Kite Riders offers beginner lessons starting at $50 an hour per person. The University of Wisconsin - Madison’s Hoofer Sailing Club also offers snowkiting lessons to its members on Lake Mendota.

Give Ice Fishing a Try on Lakes Kegonsa and Waubesa Think sitting on a frozen lake for hours isn’t for you? If you enjoy fishing or even just being outdoors in the crisp, fresh air, think again. Lake Kegonsa and Lake Waubesa offer excellent ice fishing during the winter months. Whether you want to enjoy the quietness of winter on the ice in solitude or with family and friends, this sport offers relatively low barriers to entry—something to make a hole in the ice, something to keep it open, and something to fish with. You don’t even need a boat. If the idea of going ice fishing seems daunting to you, test out the sport during Wisconsin’s Winter Free Fishing Weekend, January 21 - 22, 2017. Residents and nonresidents can fish anywhere in Wisconsin without a license. Many Wisconsin state parks and Department of Natural Resources offices teach ice fishing basics and will lend you the necessary tools.

Ice Skate for Free at Lake Wingra Slip on some skates and glide across Madison’s frozen lakes and lagoons this winter. This family-friendly activity is magical on real ice. A shallow lagoon at Vilas Park connected to Lake Wingra offers a naturally frozen skating spot. Nestled along Lake Mendota, Tenney Park lagoon also offers an expansive spot to skate when conditions are safe. Get a group together to boogie down on the ice under the stars at one of Madison

Parks’ free Groove and Glide events. All ages and experience levels are welcome. Or, challenge Bucky Badger to some speed skating at the Wisconsin Women’s Hockey Team annual Skate with Bucky Vilas Park event. Skating is free at Tenney and Vilas parks if you bring your own skates. Skate rentals starts at $3 (for 15 and under; $6 for adults). For those who need to learn how to ice skate first, Madison Parks also offers group ice skating lessons for beginners at Tenney Park.

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Apartments LakeEdge Apartment LAKE PARTNER Homes (608) 235-4806 4033 Monona Dr Monona, WI 53716 Featuring luxury apartments on the shore of Lake Monona. Within walking distance of dining and shopping. Every day starts with unmatched views of the State Capitol and Madison skyline. Lakeshore Apartments LAKE PARTNER (608) 256-8525 122 E Gilman St Madison, WI 53703 Lakeshore Apartment offers one and two bedroom apartments close to the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus with affordable rates and spacious floor plans! Laketowne Apartments (608) 255-6550 22 Langdon St Madison, WI 53703

The New Monona Shores (608) 224-1788 2 Waunona Woods Ct Madison, WI 53713 The Surf (608) 213-6908 661 Mendota Ct Madison, WI 53703 The Waterfront Apartments (608) 442-4200 633 N Henry St Madison, WI 53703 Treysta on the Water LAKE PARTNER (608) 222-3900 320 W Broadway Monona, WI 53716 Luxury apartment community. 1-2-3 bedrooms with loft or den. Featuring a contemporary open floor plan. Included: internet, pet spa, activity areas, courtyard, lobby, rooftop, outdoor patio, public pier, and welcome center.

Mendota Lakeshore Apartments (608) 257-1561 620 N Carroll St Madison, WI 53703

Waubesa Bay Apartments (608) 226-3060 5604 Lake Edge Rd McFarland, WI 53558

Monona Lakeview Apartments (608) 222-6911 3819 Monona Dr Monona, WI 53714


Mullins Apartments (608) 257-2127 222 E Lakelawn Pl Madison, WI 53703

Black Earth Creek Watershed Association (608) 320-3243 Capitol Water Trails (608) 223-0995

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Lake Waubesa Conservation Association PO Box 6521 Monona, WI 53716 Token Creek Watershed Association (608) 334-8941 PO Box 366 Windsor, WI 53598 Upper Sugar River Watershed Association (608) 437-7707 PO Box 314 Mount Horeb, WI 53572 Yahara Lakes Association LAKE PARTNER (608) 239-1664 PO Box 22 Waunakee, WI 53597 The Yahara Lakes Association is a non-profit representing waterfront property owners and advocating for the vitality of the Yahara Lakes so that all citizens may enjoy them. Visit us at Bait & Tackle Bait Rigs Tackle Co (608) 845-8431 PO Box 44153 Madison, WI 53744 D&S Bait, Tackle & Archery (608) 241-4225 1411 Northport Dr Madison, WI 53704

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

JNT’s Marine Pros (262) 473-5960 N8066 County Hwy P Whitewater, WI 53190

J&B Liquor and Bait (608) 838-8458 5714 US-51 McFarland, WI 53558

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

Monona Bait & Ice Cream Shop (608) 222-1944 4516 Winnequah Rd Monona, 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 5345 W River Rd Waunakee, WI 53597 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 boat launches and haul outs. Brittingham Boats LAKE PARTNER (608) 250-2555 701 W Brittingham Pl Madison, WI 53715 Madison’s premier paddle destination. Walk-in rentals of stand up paddle boards, kayaks, canoes, paddleboats and rowboats. Special events including group paddles and Full Moon Paddles make it a Madison must. 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

Photo Courtesy of Armando S. Vera

D.L. Anderson Company LAKE PARTNER (608) 249-3100 5440 Blue Bill Park Dr Madison, WI 53704 With 30+ years of experience, we are the boatlift and dock professionals specializing in the sales/service of new and used boatlifts, piers and more. Not only do we carry the best brands in business, we strive to make your time on the water trouble free. Don’s Marine (608) 592-4705 N1401 Hwy 113 Lodi, WI 53555

Mad City Marine/RV Sales (608) 846-9329 N827 Hwy 51 Arlington, WI 53911 Madison School & LAKE PARTNER Community Recreation (MSCR) (608) 204-3000 3802 Regent St Madison, WI 53705 Enjoy the lakes with MSCR! Drop in rides, specialty trips and group rentals. Go to website for details and pricing. Celebrate MSCR’s 90th anniversary! Manke Enterprises (608) 592-4022 924 Development Dr, Ste C, PO Box 165 Lodi, WI 53555

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 LAKE PARTNER Blue Crane Boatworks (608) 513-0690 N1792 Ryan Rd Lodi, WI 53555 and We sell new docks, piers, and boat lifts/ boat hoists in the Madison, Wisconsin and the Dane County area. We also provide adjustments and removal of piers/lifts, boat storage and winterization services.

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

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Directory Outdoor UW (608) 262-1630 800 Langdon St Madison, WI 53706 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 reality. Quam’s Motor Sports (608) 873-3366 1896 Barber Dr Stoughton, WI 53589 Redline Watersports LAKE PARTNER (608) 838-0838 4805 Voges Rd Madison, WI 53718 MasterCraft Boats and Premier Pontoon dealer and pro shop fully stocked with skis, vests, wakeboards, surfers, and clothing. Water ski, slalom, wakeboard, and wakesurf clinics offered throughout the summer. Inboard specialized service. Rock River Marina (608) 884-9415 520 Richardson Springs Rd Edgerton, WI 53534 Skipper Buds 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 53717 Up-north beauty in downtown Madison. Rent a standup paddle board, kayak, canoe, paddleboat, rowboats or pontoon boats. This quiet lake is surrounded by nature and a perfect family getaway. Community & Convention Centers Monona Terrace LAKE PARTNER (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) 546-4627 Blue Ribbon Outdoors (608) 698-3332 Finseekers Guide Service (847) 707-1827

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Fishing Guide Service with Lee Tauchen (608) 444-2180 Fishing Thrills Guide Service (608) 921-8980 Get the Net LLC (608) 220-3406 Hook n’ ‘Eyes’ Guide Service (608) 575-8597 Klus Fishing & Hunting Guide Service (608) 469-1867 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 Hoyt Park PO Box 5542 Madison, WI 53705 Friends of the Kettle Ponds

Directory Friends of Lake LAKE PARTNER Kegonsa Society PO Box 173 Stoughton, WI 53589 Friends of Lake Kegonsa Society, Inc. is a non-profit 501 (c)(3) organization established in 1988. Our primary objective is to protect, maintain, and enhances environmental and recreational values of Lake Kegonsa and its surroundings. Friends of Lake Mendota Pages/organizations/lakelist/default. aspx?wbic=805400 Friends of Lakeshore Nature Preserve PO Box 5534 Madison, WI 53705 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 came together in 1998 with an interest in improving its health through coordinated watershed management and by engaging the watershed community in stewardship of the lake and its watershed. Friends of the Lower Wisconsin Riverway (608) 575-0325 PO Box 614 Spring Green, WI 53588 Friends of Monona Bay 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

Mazanet Marina LAKE PARTNER (608) 249-9316 5320 Blue Bill Park Dr Madison, WI 53704 Full service marina that has been 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.

Stewards of the Southwest Pathway (608) 255-4195 Friends of the UW Arboretum (608) 263-7760 1207 Seminole Hwy Madison, WI 53711 friends Friends of Wisconsin State Parks PO Box 2271 Madison, WI 53701 Friends of the Yahara River Headwaters PO Box 139 DeForest, WI 53532 Friends of the Yahara River Parkway (608) 241-1711

Skipper Buds 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. Lake Sports and Recreation - Retail

Yahara Lakes Association LAKE PARTNER PO Box 22 Waunakee, WI 53597 The Yahara Lakes Association is a nonprofit representing waterfront property owners and advocating for the vitality of the Yahara Lakes so that all citizens may enjoy them. Visit us at www. Gasoline Four Lakes Yacht Club (608) 222-1401 6312 Metropolitan Ln, Ste A Monona, WI 53713 Kegonsa Cove LAKE PARTNER (608) 838-6494 2466 County Hwy AB McFarland, WI 53558 RV resort. Seasonal only. Gas on the lake. Pontoon, kayak, and canoe rentals. Convenience store. Bar and grill.

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 Blvd Deforest, WI 53532 Madison Log Rolling (608) 305-4564 REI (608) 833-6680 7483 W Towne Way Madison, WI 53719

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Directory Rutabaga LAKE PARTNER Paddlesports LLC (608) 223-9300 220 W Broadway Madison, WI 53716 Selling the best brands of SUP boards, canoes, and kayaks, along with the gear you need to use them. Forty years of experience and passion for the outdoors guarantees a great experience. Features apparel for outdoor wear, from fashion to technical clothing. Have rentals and classes. West Marine (608) 221-8708 2455 W Broadway St Madison, WI 53713 Shoreline Landscaping and Ecological Restoration Adaptive Restoration LLC (608) 554-0411 1882 State Road 92 Mount Horeb, WI 53572 Applied Ecological Services, Inc. (608) 897-8641 PO Box 256 Brodhead, WI 53520 Dixon Shoreline / Landscaping LLC (608) 742-5657 N6780 Hwy U Portage, WI 53901 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 A2 Madison, WI 53718

Joe Daniels Construction Company, Inc (608) 271-4800 919 Applegate Rd Madison, WI 53713 Meister’s K&M Tree LAKE PARTNER and Landscaping (608) 592-5244 W 11924 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 LAKE PARTNER (608) 827-9401 3570 Pioneer Rd Verona, WI 53562 We are a locally owned, full service organization of experienced designbuild professionals in landscaping and concrete with the ability to design and install all types of residential and commercial projects. Strand Associates, Inc. LAKE PARTNER 910 W. Wingra Dr. Madison, WI 53715 (608) 251-4843 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. True North Consultants, Inc. (608) 234-5092 525 Junction Rd, Ste 1900 Madison, WI 53717 Weed Man Lawn Care LAKE PARTNER 2211 Eagle Drive Middleton, WI 53562 (608) 824-0043 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 to our lakes and the Yahara Watershed.

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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 SE of Madison. Offering kayaks, fishing boats w/10hp, and pontoon rentals to our guests. Five star Trip Advisor & 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 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 (608) 238-6317 752 E Gorham St Madison, WI 53703 Mooring / Slips Brittingham Boats LAKE PARTNER (608) 250-2555 701 W. Brittingham Pl Madison, WI 53715 Madison’s premier paddle destination. Walk-in rentals of stand up paddle boards, kayaks, canoes, paddleboats, and rowboats. Special events including group paddles and Full Moon Paddles make it a Madison must.

Directory Goodspeed Family Pier 650 N Lake St Madison, WI 53706 Hoofer Sailing Club (608) 262-1630 800 Langdon St Madison, WI 53706 Kegonsa Cove LAKE PARTNER (608) 838-6494 2466 County Hwy AB McFarland, WI 53558 RV resort. Seasonal only. Gas on the lake. Pontoon, kayak, and canoe rentals. Convenience store. Bar and grill. Maple Bluff Marina (608) 244-3048 1321 Farwell Dr Madison, WI 53704 Marshall Park (608) 266-4711 2101 Allen Blvd Madison, WI 53705 boatmooring Mazanet Marina LAKE PARTNER (608) 249-9316 5320 Blue Bill Park Dr Madison, WI 53704 Full service marina that has been 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 Drive Madison, WI 53705 Quam’s Motorsports (608) 873-3366 1896 Barber Dr. Stoughton, WI 53589 Shorewood Hills Marina (608) 267-2680 3700 Lake Mendota Dr Madison, WI 53705

Skipper Buds 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 blog/2011/05/13/westport-marine-2 Wingra Boats LAKE PARTNER (608) 233-5332 824 Knickerbocker St Madison, WI 53717 Up-north beauty in downtown Madison. Rent a standup paddle board, kayak, canoe, paddleboat, rowboats or pontoon boats. This quiet lake is surrounded by nature and a perfect family getaway. Restaurants Betty Lou Cruises LAKE PARTNER (608) 246-3138 5339 Lighthouse Bay Dr Madison, WI 53704 Madison’s Premier Cruise line, cruising Lake Monona and Mendota since 1997. 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 Dr Middleton, WI 53562 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 Kegonsa Cove LAKE PARTNER (608) 838-6494 2466 County Hwy AB McFarland, WI 53558 RV resort. Seasonal only. Gas on the lake. Pontoon, kayak, and canoe rentals. Convenience store. Bar and grill. Lake Vista Cafe (608) 261-4000 1 John Nolen Dr Madison, WI 53703 retail-outlets#anchor2 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 drink. Wine and beer, live music on weekends. Madison Elks Lodge (608) 255-1644 711 Jenifer St Madison, WI 53703 Nau-Ti-Gal (608) 246-3130 5360 Westport Rd Westport, WI 53704

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Directory 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 The Barge Restaurant (608) 669-8422 The Boathouse LAKE PARTNER The Edgewater (608) 535-8232 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 The Edgewater LAKE PARTNER (608) 535-8222 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.

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 Yacht Club (608) 222-1401 6312 Metropolitan Ln Ste A Monona, WI 53713 Four Lakes Ice Yacht Club (608) 347-3513 Hoofer Sailing Club (608) 262-1630 800 Langdon St Madison, WI 53706 Lake Kegonsa Sailing Club PO Box 75 Stoughton, WI 53589 Lake Monona Sailing Club (920) 219-2373 Mad City Paddlers (608) 833-1734 Mad City Ski Team (608) 212-9137 6516 Monona Dr #193 Madison, WI 53716

Madison Lakes Yacht Club PO Box 7032 Madison, WI 53707 Madison Sailing Center Madison Sail & 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. Madison Youth Sailing Foundation PO Box 7624 Madison, WI 53707 Mendota Rowing Club (608) 257-2739 PO Box 646 Madison, WI 53701 Mendota Yacht Club PO Box 2062 Madison, WI 53701 Muskies, Inc. - Capital City Chapter (608) 576-0697 PO Box 8862 Madison, WI 53708 Trout Unlimited Southern Wisconsin Chapter (262) 470-1775 Wisconsin Bass Federation Wisconsin Bowfishing Association (262) 939-2810 Wisconsin Fishing Team

Madison Bass Club

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

Madison Fishing Expo (262) 305-1907

Yahara Fishing Club (608) 258-8555

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Sunsets on the Water

ENJOY THEM EVERY EVENING, HERE AT MADISON’S PLACE FOR SUMMER. Whether you are here for your favorite local band’s set, a favorite movie on The Plaza, a quick getaway with friends, a celebratory dinner at The Statehouse, or a leisurely cruise on Lake Mendota - you are always welcome at The Edgewater.