Lake Monona

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Lake Monona
Lakemonona.jpg
Lake with Monona Terrace and Madison skyline in the distance
LocationDane County, Wisconsin
Coordinates43°4′9″N 89°21′34″W / 43.06917°N 89.35944°W / 43.06917; -89.35944Coordinates: 43°4′9″N 89°21′34″W / 43.06917°N 89.35944°W / 43.06917; -89.35944
Primary inflowsYahara River, Starkweather Creek, Murphy Creek
Basin countriesUnited States
Surface area3,274 acres (13 km2)
Average depth27 ft (8.2 m)
Max. depth64 ft (20 m)
Residence time1.1 years
Surface elevation845 ft (258 m)
FrozenAbout 107 days a year
SettlementsMadison, Monona
 
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Lake Monona
Lakemonona.jpg
Lake with Monona Terrace and Madison skyline in the distance
LocationDane County, Wisconsin
Coordinates43°4′9″N 89°21′34″W / 43.06917°N 89.35944°W / 43.06917; -89.35944Coordinates: 43°4′9″N 89°21′34″W / 43.06917°N 89.35944°W / 43.06917; -89.35944
Primary inflowsYahara River, Starkweather Creek, Murphy Creek
Basin countriesUnited States
Surface area3,274 acres (13 km2)
Average depth27 ft (8.2 m)
Max. depth64 ft (20 m)
Residence time1.1 years
Surface elevation845 ft (258 m)
FrozenAbout 107 days a year
SettlementsMadison, Monona

Lake Monona is a freshwater drainage lake in Dane County, Wisconsin surrounded on three sides by the city of Madison, Wisconsin and on the south side by the city of Monona, Wisconsin. It is the second-largest of a chain of four lakes along the Yahara River (also including Mendota, Kegonsa, and Waubesa) in the area and forms the south shore of the isthmus that forms downtown Madison. The name 'Monona' is a Chippewa word believed to mean 'beautiful', although the lake was originally named by the Ho-Chunk (Winnebago) 'Tchee-ho-bo-kee-xa-te-la' or 'Teepee Lake'.

Lake Monona rests at 43°4′9″N 89°21′34″W / 43.06917°N 89.35944°W / 43.06917; -89.35944. It measures 3,274 acres (13.2 km²), has a mean depth of 27 ft (8 m) and a maximum depth of 64 ft (20 m). Its volume is approximately 28 billion US gallons (110,000,000 m³) and it has 13 miles (21 km) of shoreline, about 40% of which is publicly owned. The elevation of the lake is 845', regulated by locks at the mouth of the Yahara River at Lake Mendota. Monona is fed by three tributaries; The Yahara River (from Lake Mendota), Starkweather Creek, and Murphy Creek. Lake Monona is typically frozen for 107 days a year, give or take 10 days depending on the season. Access to the lake is by boat ramp.[1][2]

View of Lake Monona from Monona Terrace

Monona is home to many species of fish and is a popular lake for fishing. Sport fish species include bluegill, lake sturgeon, largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, muskellunge (muskie), northern pike, and walleye.

26-year-old soul singer Otis Redding died when his plane crashed in Lake Monona on December 10, 1967 during a storm en route to a concert in Madison. Several crew members and all but two members of the Bar-Kays (then Otis's backup band) on the plane also died.

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