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Lake
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.[1] It is the second-largest of a chain of four lakes along the Yahara River
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
Chippewa
word believed to mean 'beautiful', although the lake was originally named by the Ho-Chunk
Ho-Chunk
(Winnebago) 'Tchee-ho-bo-kee-xa-te-la' or 'Teepee Lake'. Description[edit]

View of Lake
Lake
Monona from Monona Terrace

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 (8.3 m) and a maximum depth of 74 ft (22.6 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
Yahara River
at Lake
Lake
Mendota. Monona is fed by three tributaries: the Yahara River (from Lake
Lake
Mendota), Starkweather Creek, and Wingra Creek. Lake
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.[2][3] 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
Otis Redding
died when his plane crashed in Lake
Lake
Monona on December 10, 1967 during a storm en route to a concert in Madison. The pilot, Redding's manager, and four out of the five members of the Bar-Kays (then Otis's backup band) who were on the plane also died, with the sole-survivor being trumpeter Ben Cauley.[4] See also[edit]

Lake
Lake
Mendota Lake
Lake
Wingra Lake
Lake
Waubesa

References[edit]

^ " Lake
Lake
Monona (Wisconsin)". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey.  ^ UW Center for Limnology: data regarding Lake
Lake
Monona ^ Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. Lake
Lake
Survey Map: Monona Lake, Dane County. ^ "Find Plane In Lake
Lake
Silt". The Capital Times, December 1

.