University of Wisconsin–Madison

Flood Conditions in the Preserve

Dane County continues to deal with the effects of widespread flooding, with additional rain in the forecast for the coming weekend. UW-Madison expects to operate normally and the campus itself has been largely unaffected.

As of 2pm on Friday, August 24:

  • The Lakeshore Path to Picnic Point is passable with short intervals experiencing standing water.
  • Detours to avoid impacting sensitive wet soils have been established.
  • Continuing rains and rising lake levels may result in changing conditions.
  • All fire circles are currently open with no water in the fire pits. Conditions are damp.
  • Fire circle #1, which sits near lake level, is the most susceptible to rising lake levels.

Green infrastructure, including the Lakeshore Nature Preserve, Class of 1918 Marsh, and newly created bioswales along University Bay Drive play important roles in minimizing flooding and protecting the lake.  Learn more about the value of green infrastructure and how UW-Madison uses green infrastructure to manage stormwater on campus.

For the latest updates about conditions on the UW-Madison campus, visit alerts.wisc.edu.