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Yahara Waterways Trail Guide Available

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 now available for download here.

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.

Follow this link to learn where to purchase water trail guide copies at public and private outlets around Dane County.

The water trail guide is the result of an exciting project coming to fruition after over three years of dedicated work, a true labor of love from many who care about our local waterways. Learn more by following this link.

Contact: Mindy Habecker, Project Coordinator with Dane County UW-Extension at (608) 224-3718 or at habecker@co.dane.wi.us 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.

Partners in the Yahara Waterways Water Trail Project:
  • Capitol Water Trails
  • Dane County Environmental Council
  • Dane County Lakes and Watershed Commission
  • Dane County UW-Extension
  • Friends of Lake Kegonsa Society
  • Mad City Paddlers
  • Madison Audubon Society
  • River Alliance of Wisconsin
  • Rock River Coalition
  • Rutabaga
  • UW-Extension
  • UW-Extension Environmental Resources Center
  • Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

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