Located in the
Lyman F. Anderson
5201 Fen Oak Drive
Madison, WI 53718-8827
Map to Fen Oak
Find information on any current restrictions related to high water levels.
Chapter 72 of the Dane County Code of
Ordinances currently requires that motorized watercraft travel no faster than "slow-no-wake" speed within 200 feet
from the shores of Lakes Mendota, Monona, Waubesa and Kegonsa.
In addition, the entire surface of Lake Mendota is a slow-no-wake zone from sunset to midnight on the date when
the Rhythm and Booms fireworks display is held at Warner Park in the City of Madison.
"Slow-no-wake" speed means the minimum speed at which a motorized watercraft is able to move and maintain adequate
Several County Board Supervisors have proposed to amend Ch. 72 of the Dane County Ordinances to automatically designate
a slow-no-wake zone on the Yahara lakes under certain high water conditions. This proposal has been referred to the
Lakes and Watershed Commission and other County Board committees for their review. To read the Supervisors' proposal,
look for "OA 14, 2010-11, Amending Ch. 72 of the Dane County Code of Ordinances, Regarding Slow-No-Wake Restrictions
on Yahara Lakes" under "Legistlative Text" on the County Board Supervisors page.
To follow the Dane County Lakes & Watershed Commission and its Lake Levels/In-lake/Invasives Subcommittee review of this proposal, read meeting agendas and minutes.
The Yahara Waterways Water Trail Guide is a great resource for exploring our area waters.