Located in the
Lyman F. Anderson
5201 Fen Oak Drive
Madison, WI 53718-8827
Map to Fen Oak
Did you know that Olin Park was the site of a famous water cure resort that President McKinley,
William Jennings Bryan and General W.T. Sherman all vacationed at along Lake Monona? Or that
Orson Wells attended Camp Indianola on the northern shore of Lake Mendota when he was 10 years
old and participated in dramatic productions? Or that ice harvesting, boat manufacturing, and
carp fishing industries flourished on many of the Yahara chain of lakes? Well, this is just a
taste of the local stories to be found within the Yahara Waterways Water Trail guide. This
44-page color guidebook presents an interpretive view of the history, the culture and the
environmental diversity that is found on and along our lakes, the Yahara River, and their
environs. The guide is an educational tool with maps and information for paddle sport
enthusiasts, schools, summer camps, youth groups, and other recreational users of the Yahara
waterways. The area covered in the guide is south from Cherokee Marsh including the Yahara
River and all the lakes to Kegonsa.
The Yahara Waterways Water Trail Project was created through a collaborative, multiple partner
effort working with government, nonprofits, and related area businesses (see list of partners
at the end) under the guidance of the Dane County Environmental Council. The project’s premise
is that as people learn more about their local place, they will care and work to preserve their
unique home. Madison and Dane County’s identity is closely connected to the rich weave of our
historical, cultural, and environmental features. The guide offers a fresh perspective of the
physical character of this famous water resource and the histories behind present day landmarks.
Download a PDF version or purchase a hard copy of the
trail guide from the following public and private outlets around Dane County:
Contact: Mindy Habecker, Project Coordinator with Dane County UW-Extension at (608) 224-3718
or at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. If
your organization or business would like to be a water trail guide distribution site, please download
a wholesale order form here.
The Yahara Waterways Water Trail Guide is a great resource for exploring our area waters.