Lake Wingra

Map of Lake Wingra


Map of Lake Wingra.

Above: Map of Lake Wingra as reference for images taken for the photo blog.

Lake Wingra Photo Blog.Lake Wingra Photo Blog. Lake Wingra is a spring fed lake in Madison, Wisconsin. Lake Wingra is bordered by the University of Wisconsin–Madison Arboretum on the south and west and the City of Madison on the remaining shoreline. Henry Vilas Zoo, Wingra Boats, Wingra Park, Edgewood College and the Monroe Street and Nakoma neighborhoods are located on the Lake's northern and northwest shorelines.

This photo blog doesn't really get a theme or start an (almost) daily record until December 4, 2018. Nonetheless, the earlier blog entries do offer a seasonal view of the lake and, of course, the blog will eventually get around full cycle. Start Photo Blog

Note: Most (not all) images are clickable to view a larger size. Also, some of the images are of reference value only. i.e., blurry photos of a Great Blue Heron or a furry muskrat. These images are simply for the photo blog's daily record.

Key reference points include:

  • Wingra Park/Wingra Boathouse
  • Cattails: The cattails I refer to are where a delta is forming at the storm water outfall that drains acres of upland development, bringing sediment and nutrients into the lake. The storm water flows under Pickford Street and under the eastern side of Ho-Nee-Um Pond – exiting at the cattails.
  • Ho-Nee-Um Pond: An manmade lagoon (Constructed between March 15, 1938 and October, 1939).
  • Council Ring Spring (Upper Council Ring Spring).
  • Dancing Sands (Ho-Nee-Um Spring/Boiling Council Ring Spring):
  • The Oak Savanna (Wingra Oak Savanna): Between Monroe Street and Ho-Nee-Um Pond.
  • Marion-Dunn Pond & Prairie (a/k/a Glenway Pond): A storm water retention pond that drains a 260-acre, primarily residential watershed. In the past, beaver have lived on the small island in the pond.
  • Duck Pond (a/k/a Gorham Spring/Spring Trail pond): Consists of several springs and springlets. The Duck Pond entrance by Monroe Street was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright and built by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC).
  • Stevens Pond: The water supply is derived by springlets located near the western corner of the pond and by spring seepage, which, like the springlets, was opened up when the pond was dug. Originally it was thought that water would have to be divereted from the Duck Pond. Completed by the CCC in 1936. Stevens Pond has a lot of beaver activity as noted by the numerous trees felled by the beaver.

NOTE: Council Ring Spring and Ho-Nee-Um/Dancing Sands Spring are known collectively as the Marston Springs, Topp or Lime Kiln Springs. Lime Kiln for the lime kiln once located nearby and Marston for Marston Farms and the limestone quarry that provided the original stepping stones down to the springs.


Beaver tree marks on branches near Ho-Nee-Um Pond on March 20, 2019.

Felled tree by beaver near Ho-Nee-Um Pond on March 27, 2019.

Above: Felled trees by beaver near Ho-Nee-Um Pond on March 27, 2019in March, 2019.


Lake Wingra on on June 26, 2015.

Above: Lake Wingra on June 26, 2015.


Lake Wingra on on October 7, 2011 at sunrise.

Above: Lake Wingra looking west at sunrise towards Wingra Marsh on October 7, 2011.



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Examples of images taken during morning and afternoon walks.


Wingra Boats

Lake Wingra Snapping Turtles

Sandhill Cranes

Wild Turkeys

Arbor Drive Sycamore Tree

Oak Savanna

UW–Madison Arboretum

Lake Wingra on January 6, 2016.

Labradoodles on Lake Wingra on January 1, 2012.

Coots on Lake Wingra on October 12, 2012.

Ice fishermen on Lake Wingra on January 7, 2012.

Lake Wingra on April 7, 2012.

Lake Wingra on May 5, 2012.

Ducks on a log in Lake Wingra on April 25, 2018.

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Above: Ice Boat on Lake Wingra on December 13, 2016.


Ho-Nee-Um Pond on March 4, 2012.

Ho-Nee-Um Pond on October 9, 2018 at sunrise.

Ho-Nee-Um Pond on October 9, 2018 at sunrise.

Above: Ho-Nee-Um Pond.


Hoarfrost at Duck Pond in March 3, 2013.

Hoarfrost at Duck Pond in March 3, 2013.

Hoarfrost at Duck Pond in March 3, 2013.

Above: Hoarfrost at Duck Pond on March 3, 2013.


Council Ring dedication plaque.

Above: Council Ring plaque dedicated to Kenneth Jensen Wheeler.


Plaque at entrance to Edmond Ray Stevens Pond and Aquatic Gardens.

Above: Plaque at entrance to E. Ray Stevens Pond and Aquatic Gardens.


Stone marker to Marion Dunn Prairie.

Above: Stone marker to Marion Dunn Prairie.



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