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Dane County Land & Water Resources Department

Indian Lake Aeration Begins December 17th

December 15, 2020
Pete Jopke, (608) 228-4202
Land & Water Resources


Contact: Pete Jopke, Water Resources Planner
(608) 228-4202/


Indian Lake Aeration Begins December 17th
Visitors at Indian Lake County Park should use CAUTION as the aeration system creates thin ice and open water areas on Indian Lake.

MADISON, WI – December 15, 2020 -  Dane County Parks will begin aeration of Indian Lake in Indian Lake County Park on December 17th 2020. The aeration system is designed to create upwelling of water, which allows for a portion of the lake to remain ice free.  The ice free area allows more oxygen to enter the water, helping fish survive through the winter months.

Dane County and the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources have worked for many years to restore the fishery in Indian Lake. The lake was stocked in 2019 with bass, bluegill, catfish, yellow perch and northern pike. If the lake becomes fully covered with snow and ice, sunlight cannot reach the plants and eventually the oxygen supply can become depleted and threaten the fishery.

Indian lake County Park is a popular recreation destination located in Northwest Dane County in the Town of Berry.  While no ice is ever considered safe, Dane County Parks advises all visitors to avoid the aeration area in the lake and to keep themselves (and pets!) off all lake ice until colder temperatures create greater ice dept

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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.