In Madison, Wisconsin, you can’t “say it all” until you’ve said Mendota, Monona, Wingra, Waubesa and Kegonsa. 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. When everyone sees the lakes as the center of our community, keeping them healthy becomes a much easier task.
This article was written by James Tye, the Executive Director of Clean Lakes Alliance, and was originally published in the 2016 Greater Madison Lake Guide.