Door Creek/Yahara River Aquatic Tour
Event Dates
Event Description

9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Friends of Lake Kegonsa Society (FOLKS) is holding its second annual aquatic tour of Door Creek and the Yahara River.  Enjoy some beautiful time on the water and learn more about these resources and how to help protect them. The tours will leave from Fish Camp County Park, travel up Door Creek, or the Yahara River and end back at Fish Camp.  After the tour, hang around to enjoy refreshments provided by FOLKS, Leinenkugel , Yeti’s pizza and a drawing for door prizes provided by Leinenkugel. 


Bringing your own kayak or canoe is encouraged. Parking is available at the park.  If you do not have one, Rutabaga Paddlesports and Kegonsa Cove will have some for you to use.

Suggested Donation is:

·        $20 if you bring your own boat

·        $25 if you use one of the boats provided at the event

The first 30 people registering will receive a free FOLKS tee shirt (others will be available for purchase for $10.00). Pay at the event with cash or check.


Educational program about Door Creek and the Yahara River:

Door Creek drains into Lake Kegonsa and has the second-highest phosphorus load of any of the tributaries in the Yahara watershed due to the high sediment and nutrient runoff.

Learn from Sue Jones and Susan Sandford from the Dane County Land and Water Resources Department staff about the watershed management plan for Door Creek with the long-term goals of meeting state water quality standards for phosphorus, removing Door Creek from the state impaired waters list, and maintaining the creek’s natural aquatic communities.  Also learn about the “suck the muck” project to remove legacy sediment from the creek.

The Yahara River starts in in the town of Windsor in northern Dane County and flows into Lake Mendota. Downstream from Lake Mendota, it flows through Lake Monona, Lake Waubesa and Lake Kegonsa.  It eventually joins the Rock River approximately  9 miles  northwest of Janesville.

Although the Yahara River connects Lake Kegonsa with Lake Waubesa, water levels are typically  low and navigation via a motor boat must be made with caution and slowly (i.e., no wake). However, this scenic stretch of the Yahara River is full of beautiful landscapes, abundant beds of wild celery and water star grass, and spectacular wildlife. With an average of two feet of water, it is perfect for paddling in a canoe or kayak. 

Noted archeologist, Bob Birmingham will be on hand to add archeological information to the morning’s event. 

Come join us and learn about the importance of the creek and the river and its interesting history while enjoying a beautiful day on the water and then a little socializing with a fun group of people.   And, it’s all for a good cause.


Register by replying to this email - Friends of Lake Kegonsa (FOLKS) treasurer, Connie Hagen at:

Please Include:

1) Name(s) _____________________  Total No. in Party ____

2) Other Email(s) for tour information _(Only if different from the email address you reply from)____

3) Which tour: Door Creek____ or Yahara River____  or Both____

4) Will you bring a canoe? ____ Or kayak? ____  or Will you need a spot in a canoe/kayak? ($5.00 each) ____

5) T-shirt size(s) (S, M, L, XL, 2XL) ______


The first 30 people registering will receive a free FOLKS tee!

Fish Camp County Park (3383 County Road McFarland, WI)