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Dane County Land & Water Resources Department

Tenney Boat Lock Opening Delayed

April 22, 2016
Darren Marsh, Parks Director (608)224-3730 John Reimer, Water Engineer (608)224-3612
Land & Water Resources

Dane County Parks announced today that the opening of the Tenney Boat Lock has been delayed from April 30th until May 20th due to a malfunction in the electrical components that operate the Lock. 

The Tenney Lock is a popular recreation facility located on the Yahara River at the outlet of Lake Mendota.  The Lock allows for the passage of boats between Lakes Mendota and Monona.

According to Dane County Land and Water Resource Department Engineer John Reimer, the issue was detected a week ago during the normal de-winterizing operation. “The malfunction has been traced back to an electrical sensor that is required to operate the Lock doors.  Unfortunately, this sensor is not readily available,” said Reimer.  A new sensor has been ordered and is expected to be delivered within the next three weeks.

“It’s good that the problem was detected now so it can be corrected prior to the increased boating that will start with the upcoming Memorial Day Holiday,” stated Dane County Parks Director Darren Marsh.  “The county apologizes for any inconvenience this may cause.  However, the safety of the boaters using the Lock is our main concern.”

Patrons can track changes in the schedule by visiting the Parks Tenney Lock webpage at:   For more information related to park and water-related features, patrons may call the Parks Office at (608) 224-3766 or visit the Dane County Land and Water Resources website at        





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