Photo gallery Bodies of Wonder
Madison wouldn’t be Madison without its five nearby lakes that offer an abundance of choices — from quiet locations for contemplation to vast playgrounds during balmy days. Lake Mendota is the largest, and it’s been called the most studied American lake, given the Center for Limnology standing near its banks. Lake Monona, which is surrounded by the city on three sides, is a popular fishing spot. Lake Waubesa, Lake Kegonsa and Lake Wingra round out the options for those who love the water. Photos by Jeff Miller and Bryce Richter.
Sailboats bob in Lake Mendota near the Memorial Union Terrace just after a brief thunderstorm and just as the sun sets.
Thanks to a kayaking class offered by Hoofers Outing Club, students enjoy the gentle waves on Lake Mendota.
Demonstrating why Lake Mendota is known for hands-on research, Nazan Gillie (right), instructional program manager in the UW’s zoology department, collects samples from the lake floor during an Aquatic Invertebrate Field course.
With sunlight dappling Lake Wingra near the UW-Madison Arboretum, two fishing enthusiasts hope for a bite.
The Memorial Union Terrace and its swimming pier — one of the campus’s most popular spots — attract a crowd as daylight wanes and people await the annual Rhythm and Booms fireworks show held each summer across the lake at Warner Park.
The limnology pier on Lake Mendota becomes the perfect place to stretch one’s legs and enjoy a July sunset.
With a fiery sunset lighting the way, a motorboat crosses Lake Mendota.