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Yahara Lakes Legacy Partnership
  • The Yahara River’s chain of five beautiful lakes defines our community and region and is integral to everything we are and do.
  • The quality of these lakes deteriorated significantly over time as our population and use increased.
  • Many public and private organizations have dedicated time and resources over decades and have solved many Yahara Lakes problems, yet new challenges have emerged.
  • We are at a critical moment in the health of the lakes, and have an unprecedented opportunity to bring together key stakeholders from all sectors.

Learn More About the Yahara Lakes Legacy Partnership (YLLP)

The Dane County Lakes and Watershed Commission and staff at the Office of Lakes and Watersheds are part of an exciting partnership effort to protect and improve the Yahara River chain of lakes, including Lakes Mendota, Monona, Wingra, Waubesa, and Kegonsa. Lake users, residents, and other stakeholders are providing input in this process to create a 'practical vision' for the future of the lakes as well as a realistic set of recommendations for making the vision a reality.

Learn more about the Yahara Lakes Legacy Partnership.



Yahara Waterways Trail Guide The Yahara Waterways Water Trail Guide is a great resource for exploring our area waters.