Add a Lake Property Number
Each lakeshore property on lakes Mendota, Monona, Waubesa and Kegonsa has been assigned a unique "lake address" that is cross-referenced in the 911-emergency response system with the property street address. This lake property numbering system aids in rapid response to on-water emergencies and enhances the personal safety of everyone who uses the lakes.
Boaters in distress can report their location by cell phone using the nearest lake property "address" as a reference point. Similarly, a landowner who observes an emergency on the water can dial 911 and the dispatcher will be able to translate the street address to a water location. For an emergency in a lakefront home, the nearest response may be the Sheriff's recreation patrol.
Property owners can purchase a reflective blue sign with their lake property number to participate in this voluntary program, and mount the sign at the end of their pier where it will be visible from the water. Signs can be purchased from Dane County for $10. Contact Sue Jones, Dane County Watershed Management Coordinator, at 608-224-3764 to get involved.