Mendota Freeze Contest

Mendota Freeze Contest

Winner declared in annual winter contest

Lake Mendota Ice Panoramic
Lake Mendota with a thin layer of ice in the early fall of 2018, seen from James Madison Park in Madison

Every winter, the Mendota Freeze Contest calls attention to the year-round importance of our lakes on our local quality of life. Cool nights, light winds, and cold water helped Lake Mendota officially freeze on Saturday, December 15th, 2018. Lake Mendota, the largest lake in the Yahara Watershed, froze eight days after the smallest lake in the watershed, Lake Wingra, which officially froze on December 7th, 2018. Lake Monona officially froze on December 11th, 2018.

The Wisconsin State Climatology Office officially declared Lake Mendota open again on December 21st, 2018. Lake Mendota has had double freeze dates only six times since data collection first began in the winter of 1852-53. Other winters with two freeze dates are: 1936-37, 1968-69, 1977-78, 1978-79, 1984-85, and 2001-02.

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We have a winner!

Clean Lakes Alliance’s annual Mendota Freeze Contest asks people to make a guess as to when Lake Mendota will officially freeze. Amy Lemley of Thompson, Georgia submitted the first correct guess for Lake Mendota’s first freeze date of the season. She will receive a $1,000 Lands’ End gift card as a grand prize. Lemley said she entered the Clean Lakes Alliance contest after hearing about it from her daughter-in-law, who lives in the Madison area.

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When will Lake Mendota freeze?

Mendota Freeze Dates
Lake Mendota freeze statistics

Contest Rules

Only one guess per individual. Multiple entries will be automatically disqualified. Official rules and regulations can be found here.

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