CARING FOR OUR LAKES, RIVERS, & WETLANDS
365 Days a Year

CARING FOR OUR LAKES, RIVERS, & WETLANDS
365 Days a Year


About Take a Stake

Take A Stake In The Lake Logo
Take a Stake in Our Waters is a program by the Dane County Lakes and Watershed Commission and the Office of Lakes and Watersheds.

For almost 30 years, Take a Stake volunteers have been working to protect and improve the lakes, streams and wetlands of Dane County. Since its creation in 1988, Take a Stake has been expanded by the Dane County Lakes and Watershed Commission and Office of Lakes and Watersheds from two days of shoreline clean-ups, to a two-week series of countywide special events, and now year-round activities that help people celebrate, learn about, protect and improve Dane County waters, recognizing that care for Dane County’s lakes, streams and wetlands doesn’t happen only a couple weeks out of the year.

During Take a Stake in Our Waters events, groups, clubs, individuals and families adopt beaches, shorelines, streams and more to collect litter, remove invasive species, plant native plants, mark storm drains, as well as a number of other activities. Thousands of volunteers have participated in these events and made a huge impact in Dane County over the decades.

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Events

Jan
21

Arboretum Grady Tract Work Party

Help improve native habitat and help native plants thrive by removing invasive plant species in the Lake Wingra watershed. The UW-Madison Arboretum maintains one the oldest prairie restorations in the world.

Groups interested in volunteering should contact Marian Farrior in advance to coordinate.

Time and Place: 9:00am-Noon; Grady Tract at the UW Arboretum; meet at the parking lot on the corner of Seminole Highway and the West Beltline Frontage Road, Madison. Work parties are cancelled if it is raining or snowing.

Contact: Marian Farrior (608) 265-5214 mlfarrior@wisc.edu; see https://arboretum.wisc.edu/get-involved/volunteer/work-parties/ for more information


Jan
28

Arboretum Core Area/Curtis Prairie Work Party

Help improve native habitat and help native plants thrive by removing invasive plant species in the Lake Wingra watershed. The UW-Madison Arboretum maintains one the oldest prairie restorations in the world.

Groups interested in volunteering should contact Marian Farrior in advance to coordinate.

Time and Place: 9am – noon, Core Area/Curtis Prairie at the UW Arboretum. Meet at the Visitor Center front steps, Madison. Work parties are cancelled if it is raining or snowing.

Contact: Marian Farrior (608) 265-5214 mlfarrior@wisc.edu; see https://arboretum.wisc.edu/get-involved/volunteer/work-parties/ for more information


Jan
28

Volunteer Restoration Day at Sugar River Wetlands

Help USRWA restore the Sugar River Wetlands State Natural Area during our series "4th Saturday" volunteer work days. In January, volunteers will help burn brush piles accumulated last winter/spring, and continue removing invasives (buckthorn, honeysuckle) and treating them with herbicide. It's a great event for all ages and abilities, and it promises to be rewarding, fun, and a great way to experience the outdoors. Our goal in 2017 is to continue removing all woody invasive spec …

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Feb
03

Frozen Assets Festival & Fundraiser

Clean Lakes Alliance is looking for volunteers to help at their biggest event of 2017, Frozen Assets Festival and Fundraiser!  Proceeds will help Clean Lakes Alliance fund initiatives to protect and improve the quality of the Yahara lakes. The Frozen Assets Festival provides a free family-friendly experience that promotes the unique ecological, social, and economic importance of the Yahara Watershed through daytime events and activities, and encourages all members of our community to get o …

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Feb
03

Frozen Assets Festival & Fundraiser

Clean Lakes Alliance is looking for volunteers to help at their biggest event of 2017, Frozen Assets Festival and Fundraiser!  Proceeds will help Clean Lakes Alliance fund initiatives to protect and improve the quality of the Yahara lakes. The Frozen Assets Festival provides a free family-friendly experience that promotes the unique ecological, social, and economic importance of the Yahara Watershed through daytime events and activities, and encourages all members of our community to get o …

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Aquatic Debris Collection

Shoreline Residents:

The annual Take a Stake in Our Waters shoreline trash and aquatic debris collection by Dane County Lakes Management barges begins on:

Lakes Mendota & Kegonsa
Monday, July 18, 2016

Lakes Monona & Waubesa
Monday, July 25, 2016

YES: Aquatic vegetation (lake weeds, algae), debris washed up on shore (trash, dead fish, etc.)

NO: Yard waste or brush (grass clippings, leaves, tree limbs), household waste (garbage, pet waste, etc.)

Barges will make ONE pass around the lake. Have debris on your pier by 6 am Monday so you don’t miss the collection. It may be a few days until they get to your pier. If the water adjacent to your pier is too shallow to allow our access from the water, we may not be able to pick up debris from your pier.

Questions about this shoreline cleanup? Call John Reimer at (608) 224-3612. For all other questions about Dane County waters, visit www.danewaters.com.

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.

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