Caring for our Lakes, Rivers, & Wetlands 365 Days a Year

Caring for our Lakes, Rivers, & Wetlands 365 Days a Year

About Take a Stake

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For more than 25 years, Take a Stake volunteers have been working to protect and improve the lakes, streams and wetlands of Dane County. Join in the celebration by participating in the wide range of activities and events happening in and around Dane County lakes, rivers and wetlands all year long.


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Arboretum Core Area Work Party

Help improve native habitat and help native plants thrive by removing invasive plant species near Curtis Prairie, one of the oldest prairie restorations in the world. Learn how the Arboretum is managing stormwater  for the Lake Wingra watershed. This project is open for additional individual volunteers. Groups of 25-50 volunteers can be accommodated with prior notice. If a group wants to attend, they must first contact Marian Farrior.

Time and Place: 9 a.m.-noon, meet at the Visitor Center front steps; Core Area at the UW Arboretum, 1207 Seminole Hwy, Madison

Contact: www.uwarboretum.org, mlfarrior@wisc.edu Marian Farrior, (608) 265-5214,


USRWA Paddle and Pig Out

This is a free event providing the canoe, transportation to the start point and every thing else you need to have a great trip down the Sugar River. The event starts at Paoli Park in Paoli, WI with canoe trips leaving at 9am, Noon and 3pm.  Arrive early to reserve your spot!  It's great way for adults and children alike to experience what the Sugar River has to offer.  Lunch from Paoli Local Foods will be provided free for USRWA members, and $10 for non-members.OrIf you'r …

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Learn About the Lakes

Come ride the Madison School and Community Recreation (MSCR) pontoons and learn how storm water runoff, invasive species and changes to the shoreline affect our lakes. Join Dane County Watershed Management Coordinator, Susan Jones, and DNR Chief fo rWater Resource Monitoring Tim Asplund for a fun and educational afternoon. Pre-registration required. $15; course #44905

Time and Place: 1-4pm, Tenney Boat Pier, North Sherman Avenue, Madison WI

Contact: http://www.mscr.org/our-programs/outdoor-adventures/pontoon-programs/59-pontoon-program, course #44905, (608) 204-4581 or lroosmalen@madison.k12.wi.us


Thermo Fisher-Clean Lake Alliance Restoration Work Day

Project will be working in areas between Shelter #3 and group camp. Volunteers will focus on invasive species removal; primarily buckthorn and honey suckle. Arrive at 8:15 am for project review and safety instructions. Group sizes will be 15 – 20 volunteers.

Time and Place: Lake Farm County Park

Contact: Dane County Parks Volunteer Coordinator: Rhea Stangel-Maier 
phone: (608) 224-3601 
e-mail: stangel-maier@countyofdane.com 


Holy Wisdom Monastery Community Workday

Restore the land and renew your spirit. Volunteers of all ages have helped return over 100 acres of land to native prairie, wetlands, and woodlands at Holy Wisdom Monastery. Become part of the tradition and enjoy some time outdoors. Work projects may include collecting prairie seed; maintaining rain gardens, green roofs and nature trails; pulling invasive weeds; staining nature trail signs; splitting firewood; picking apples and cleaning inside our eco-friendly building. Pre-registration r …

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Aquatic Debris Collection

The annual Take a Stake in Our Waters (formerly Take a Stake in the Lakes Days) shoreline trash and aquatic debris collection by Dane County Lakes Management barges begins on June 10 for Lakes Mendota and Kegonsa and on June 17 for Lakes Monona and Waubesa. Barges will make ONE pass around the lakes. Shoreline residents should have debris from their pier area on their pier by 6 am Monday so they don’t miss the collection. It may be a few days until they get to each pier. Pier pickup of aquatic debris is not an option for homeowners where barges cannot access piers. Only aquatic vegetation (lake weeds, algae), debris washed up on shore (trash, dead fish, etc.) will be picked up by barges. Yard waste or brush (grass clippings, leaves, tree limbs), household waste (garbage, pet waste, etc.) will not be collected. Call Rhea at (608) 224-3601 with questions. If you don't currently reside at your lakefront property, please make sure that those who live there are aware of this shoreline debris collection.