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At this time, many of the beaches contain weeds and algae. Public Health Madison and Dane County monitors the beaches for potentially harmful blue-green algae and updates this website as necessary.
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Last Updated on Apr 20 2014, 3:53 pm CDT

Madison & Dane County Beaches

All public beaches in Dane County are monitored by Public Health - Madison & Dane County. During the swimming season (Memorial Day - Labor Day), Public Health conducts water quality testing at 13 Madison beaches, one UW beach and two Dane County beaches. All other Dane County Beaches are monitored by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) or by municipalities.

Shoreline waters, including beaches, are subject to microbial contamination, which is carried to the lakes. Blue-Green Algae or cyanobacteria may also occasionally proliferate in a beach area. Therefore, before people or their pets enter the water (swimming or wading), they should take an overall look at the conditions and use their own judgment as to whether the beach should be used for swimming that day. Avoid contact with lake water if the water is murky or if a bloom appears to be in progress.

Swimming is not advisable after a heavy rainfall because bacteria levels in the water may be elevated.

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BB Clarke

Lake Monona
Madison, WI
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Bernies

Lake Monona
Madison, WI
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Brittingham

Lake Monona
Madison, WI
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Esther

Lake Monona
Madison, WI
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Goodland County Park

Lake Waubesa
Madison, WI

Governor Nelson State Park

Lake Mendota
Waunakee, WI
Monitor: Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources - Parks & Recreation Division
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Hudson

Lake Monona
Madison, WI
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James Madison

Lake Mendota
Madison, WI

Lake Kegonsa State Park

Lake Kegonsa
Stoughton, WI
Monitor: Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources - Parks & Recreation Division
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Lake Mendota County Park

Lake Mendota
Middleton, WI
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Marshall

Lake Mendota
Madison, WI
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Memorial Union (Pier)

Lake Mendota
Madison, WI
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Olbrich

Lake Monona
Madison, WI
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Olin

Lake Monona
Madison, WI
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Spring Harbor

Lake Mendota
Madison, WI
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Stewart County Park

Mt. Horeb, WI

Stoughton Mandt Park Pond

Stoughton, WI
Monitor: City of Stoughton, Parks & Recreation Department
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Tenney

Lake Mendota
Madison, WI

Verona Fireman's Park

Verona, WI
Monitor: Verona Parks Department
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Vilas

Lake Wingra
Madison, WI
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Warner

Lake Mendota
Madison, WI