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Lake Mendota

Land of the Ho-Chunk

Fall 2022

A canoe recovered from Lake Mendota tells a story that long predates UW–Madison.

Shake on the Lake

Fall 2022

A Terrace concert turns the stage toward the water.

The UW’s Loudest Sound

Fall 2021

The steam whistle signals boaters while startling Terrace crowds.

Slideshow: Madison Flood

Winter 2018

Madison-area lake levels continued to rise after a record-breaking storm on August 20, 2018, dumped more than 10 inches of rain on parts of…


Winter 2018

Students appear to walk on water at the flooded limnology pier on Lake Mendota. On one day in August, parts of Madison received 10 inches…

Madison, Revisited

Summer 2018

Been awhile since you've visited the UW's hometown? Consider an itinerary made up of beautiful views, a raft of restaurants, and a less-traveled path on campus.

Sailing Through the Years

Summer 2018

On a campus situated between two lakes, it’s only natural that students take advantage of the water. Just two years after the Hoofer

Learning to Sail

Summer 2018

It was a gray Friday afternoon, cloudy and unusually chilly for September, with a heavy chance of rain. Most of the sailing classes offered…

5 Quiet Places on Campus

From football Saturdays to live music on the Terrace, campus life can be loud. But there are coves of unexpected calm and seas of serenity if you know where — and when — to look.

Chilled Out

Winter 2017

A floppy-eared smiley face greets the sunrise on Picnic Point on a December morning in 2016. UW students need to keep a sense of fun…

Lake Laboratory

Dawn patrol on Lake Mendota: Carolyn Voter PhDx’18 (right) and Alexandra Linz ’13, PhDx’18 collect water samples before sunrise. The work was part of a…

Venetian Night

Summer 2017

For one night a year from 1911 until 1930, the shores of Lake Mendota sparkled with old-world charm.

Goodspeed Family Pier

Summer 2016

A magnet for nighttime relaxation since opening in 2013, the pier honoring the family of Mary Sue Goodspeed Shannon ’81 replaced the aging stone-and-concrete structure below the Alumni Center.

Walking on the Lake

Winter 2013

Based on the ski tracks and slushy footprints in the snow that cover the lake’s icy surface in the winter, plenty of people on campus appreciate the season’s serenity and count the days until the open water turns to ice.