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
'Tchee-ho-bo-kee-xa-te-la' or 'Teepee Lake'.
Lake Monona from Monona Terrace
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 at
Lake Mendota. Monona is fed by three tributaries: the Yahara River
Lake Mendota), Starkweather Creek, and Wingra Creek.
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.
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,
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. 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.
Lake Monona (Wisconsin)". Geographic Names Information System.
United States Geological Survey.
^ UW Center for Limnology: data regarding
^ Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.
Lake Survey Map: Monona
Lake, Dane County.
^ "Find Plane In
Lake Silt". The Capital Times, December 1