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June 22nd Free Lake Access and Passage for Boaters through Tenney Lock Extended Tenney Lock Hours for the Week of the July 4th

June 20, 2019
• Madison Parks Media Contact: Ann Shea, Parks Public Information Officer(608)266-5949
Land & Water Resources




June 22nd Free Lake Access and Passage for Boaters through Tenney Lock Extended Tenney Lock Hours for the Week of the July 4th


MADISON, WI – June 20, 2019 - Dane County, in cooperation with the City of Madison and City of Monona, will be providing free access to boaters on Saturday, June 22, 2019. Boaters will be able to use the boat launches at the following sites:

  • Fish Lake: Lussier County Park
  • Lake Mendota: Marshall, Spring Harbor, Warner, and Tenney Parks
  • Lake Monona: Law, Winnequah Trail, Tonyawatha, and Olbrich Parks (Olin boat launch is closed Friday, June 21 through Sunday, June 30 for Shake the Lake).
  • Lake Waubesa: Babcock, Goodland, and Lake Farm County Parks
  • Lake Kegonsa: Fish Camp County Park
  • Yahara River: Lottes Park


In addition the Dane County Tenney Boat Lock will be open for free passage for boaters to use on Saturday, June 22nd.  This free day provides an opportunity for all boaters to enjoy lake access facilities. 


Extended Lock Hours for the Week of July Fourth. With the Holiday falling in the middle of the week, Dane County will provide days of service and extended hours.  The Tenney Lock is a popular recreation facility accommodating approximately 8,000 to 10,000 boaters annually. Located on the Yahara River, the lock allows for the passage of boats between Lake Mendota and Lake Monona. The extended Lock schedule is as follows:

  • Saturday June 29th  and Thursday July 4th Lock Hours are 9 am to midnight.
  • Sunday June 30th Lock Hours are 9 am to 10 pm.
  • Monday July 1st through Wednesday July 3rd Lock Hours are 9 am to 11 pm.


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Dane County offers some of the best lake access sites available with well-maintained launches with amenities such as restrooms and fish cleaning stations.  The county operates improved launches at Babcock County Park, Fish Camp County Park, Goodland County Park and Lake Farm County Park.  Passing through the new and improved Tenney Lock between Lakes Mendota and Monona is a perfect way to enjoy a day boating on the Yahara River chain of lakes.


About Dane County Parks

Dane County Parks offers a variety of recreational opportunities for the outdoor enthusiast and natural environments for quiet getaways or special events.  Dane County Parks takes an active role to enhance and preserve the county’s finest natural resources.