Geese and ducks swim in and fly above the steamy water of Lake Mendota as the sun rises above the dome of the Wisconsin State Capitol and downtown Madison skyline with temperatures in the single digits. The Friday, Nov. 21, view is from the tip of Picnic Point, part of the University of Wisconsin–Madison’s Lakeshore Nature Preserve.
A fleet of vintage watercraft from the last seven decades, including Chris Crafts, Centuries, Gar Woods and more, will be on tour in Lake Mendota along the Memorial Union shore on Friday, Aug. 1 to benefit the health of Madison’s lakes.
As the weather begins to get warmer, the UW Lifesaving Station is reminding people of the lake’s potential dangers and encouraging all of those enjoying the water to use caution.
As Wayne Valliere prepared to launch a traditional birchbark canoe into the choppy waters of Lake Mendota on Thursday, Nov. 21, members of the crowd scanned the horizon. The fog on the lake hid the modern water tower, houses and power lines on the far shore.