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Lakes and River Information

South-Central Wisconsin Lake and River Information

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Lake Information

Covering more than 18,000 combined acres, the lakes defining Southern Wisconsin are a boater's paradise, home to hundreds of boaters and thousands of visitors from across the region.  The links below are intended to serve as a source of commonly-requested information.

Fishing Regulations (WI-DNR)
Boat ramps and lake access (City of Madison Parks)
Tenny Park Locks Information (County of Dane)
Hoofer's Sailing Club (University of Wisconsin)
Lake Level Data (County of Dane, USGS)
Yahara Lake Information (UW Center for Limnology)
Lake Maps (WI-DNR)
Lake Information, including water temperatures (INFOS)



River Information

With rivers winding through prairies, the greater Yahara watershed offers many opportunities for paddling and enjoying the inter-connectedness of Madison's waterways.  The links below are intended to serve as a source of commonly-requested information about the rivers in Southern Wisconsin. 

Dane County Water Trial Guide (County of Dane)
Capital Water Trails
Kayak and Canoe Trails (Wisconline)
Office of Lakes and Watershed (County of Dane)
Dane County Parks (County of Dane)

 river photo

Photo of the Upper Sugar River.
(PHOTO BY COUNTY OF DANE)