Lake Wingra: The Smallest of the 5 Major Lakes in Dane County Wisconsin

Real Estate Agent with The Stark Company Realtors, Madison WI 53123-94

 Yellow and blue boats on a gray morning on Lake WIngra  


Lake Wingra, the smallest of the five major lakes in Dane County,  (Mendota, Monona, Waubesa and Kegonsa), is bordered by the University of Wisconsin-Madison Arboretum on the south and west and the City of Madison on the remaining shoreline. The lake is considered an important fishery and is known for spring runs of large muskies.  Madison's marvelous  Henry Vilas Zoo, Wingra Boats, Wingra Park, and Edgewood College are located on the Lake's northern shoreline. storically, In Wisconsin history, Native Americans made extensive use of the lands surrounding Lake Wingra, which takes its name from the word for "duck" in the language of the Ho-Chunk Nation.  Before we know it, we will be able to use paddleboats, kayaks, canoes, which can be rented at Wingra Boats.  The no wake zone means safer cleaner water and more likelyhood that you may be delighted with a sighting of a graceful blue heron during an early morning paddle.  Hurry up Spring!

Wingra Boat Rentals 

Work up an appetite after your boating adventure?   Or ice skating escapades?

Even as the weather outside is frozen, Michael's Frozen Custard awaits you.  For something more substantial, try   Bluphies, one of the Food Fight restaurants: my favorite and perhaps  one of yours.  Their motto is "We're serious about fun food."  See for yourself why they  they say that!  Many other shops and restaurants along Monroe Street are within  in easy strolling distance.   

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Comments (4)

Pocono Luxury Homes The Jeff Rickert Team
RE/MAX Property Specialists - Pocono Lake, PA
Poconos Luxury Homes

Thanks for the post.

Nice pictures.

Good luck in your area.

Jan 30, 2011 07:28 PM
Cindy Jones
Integrity Real Estate Group - Woodbridge, VA
Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News

Love all the colorful boats waiting for spring to arrive.  I can remember visiting UW and seeing all the little sailboats on the lake.  I'm sure all the boaters are anxious to get back on the water.

Jan 30, 2011 11:49 PM
Kristin Johnston - REALTOR®
RE/MAX Platinum - Waukesha, WI
Giving Back With Each Home Sold!

Barbara, great local post again!  Are you ready for more snow, a blizzard watch and winter weather advisory..gotta love WI!

Jan 31, 2011 02:42 AM
Barbara Chatterton
The Stark Company Realtors, Madison WI - Madison, WI
Greater Madison Wisconsin Area Realtor

Thank you Jeff and Heather! 

Yes, Cindy_I know just where you mean-at the Student Union, I think.  We are all sick of winter (except maybethe skiers) and we are having another blizzard tonight and tomorrow through Wednesday!

Thanks so much for the compliments, Kristin.  : ) I guess I am ready but not too excited!  The gas stations wermobbed today with everyone filling up frantically. Did you see that?  Stay warm!

Jan 31, 2011 12:31 PM