Hidden History of Madison's Water Obsession

  • 30 N. Carroll St.
  • Madison, WI 53703
  • Phone: (608) 264-6555

What do swimming, sewage, and sea serpents have in common? If Madison's early settlers loved the city's natural beauty, why did they dump sewage in the lakes? The four lakes have been central to Madison's identiy since the beginning, attracting settlement with their beauty and resources. This tour will use Lake Mendota, the Yahara River, and Tenney Park to explore how Madison's waterways have impacted the history of the city and those living here. We will tell stories about how the lakes have affected everything from baoting and beer to myths and monsters.

This tour meets by the Tenney Park Lock and covers approximately 1.25 miles on city sidewalks and paths.

Cost to attend is $15.00 / person; Pre-registration is highly recommended and drop-in spots are not guaranteed. Visit the website to sign up today!

  • Times: 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM
  • Admission: $15.00