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Maritime Public Safety Contact Information

Marine VHF Radio:  Channel 16 is monitored by emergency response authorities in Madison, WI.  Channel 16 is a distress, safety, and hailing channel only.  When you use a marine radio, many boaters can hear you and may be able to come to your assistance sooner than first responders if the boaters are nearby.  Please consider buying and using a marine radio, even on Wisconsin's inland lakes.

Below are commonly-requested phone numbers for boaters in Southern Wisconsin.

** IN AN EMERGENCY,  DIAL 911

Phone Numbers:

  • Dane County Sheriff Marine Enforcement:  (608) 284-6878
  • Tenny Park Locks:  (608) 266-4364
  • Dane County Parks:  (608) 246-3896
  • City of Madison Parks:  (608) 266-4711
  • Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources:  (608) 266-2621

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    Rescue swimmer being deployed during exercises.