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Dane County Land and Water Resources Department Offers Late Season Reminders for Boaters

October 30, 2009
Kevin Connors, Director Dane County Land & Water Resources Dept. (608-224-3730)
Land & Water Resources

Dane County Land and Water Resources Department Director Kevin Connors said that winter preparation of the Yahara chain of Lakes is now in effect. “All navigational buoys have been removed from the chain, and the winter draw-down has begun,” he said. Water levels are lowered and remain low during the winter to help reduce ice damage along shorelines.

Connors said, “We’re giving boaters a heads up about this because waters that may have been fine for boating earlier in the year, especially this summer with the high water levels, will be shallower, limiting navigation and may affect your ability to get boats off shore stations.” Boaters that leave their boats in the water or on shore stations may want to make arrangements for removing boats. Piers at county boat launches will be removed in November.

The County’s Tenney Lock, located on the Yahara River between Lakes Mendota and Monona, will stop operation on October 31st, the last day of the season. There are two boater accessible county sanitary dump stations that will also close at that time. These are the Madison Metropolitan Sewerage District’s sponsored station, located on the Yahara River adjacent to the Four Lakes Yacht Club just south of Bridge Street in City of Monona, and the Tenney Station, located upriver of the Tenney Lock on Lake Mendota adjacent to the breakwall.

For more information on area waters and Dane County services please contact the Parks office at 224-3730 or visit the Parks Website at

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