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Friends of Lake Wingra

1000 Edgewood College Drive, Madison WI 53711

Our mission, vision, and goals reflect our belief that sustaining the balance of a healthy lake ecosystem requires the participation and collaboration of many citizens, agencies and organizations. FOLW’s approach to watershed protection therefore involves partnerships with numerous stakeholders who live, work, and play in the Lake Wingra watershed.

Our goal areas

  1. Citizen Stewardship—Grow present and future generations of watershed stewards.
  2. Integrated Watershed Management—Protect and improve the ‘lake as a system’ through innovative and coordinated management practices.
  3. Long-term monitoring and research—Ensure that the information needed to address the mission is available on an ongoing basis.
  4. Organizational Capacity and Resources—Build the internal capacity to achieve the mission.


Friends of Lake Wingra is currently engaged in a variety of projects aimed at improving the health of Lake Wingra. Our projects include both outreach to the watershed community and on-the-ground restoration and stewardship efforts.

Friends and partners

The Friends of Lake Wingra could not work without the help of our friends and partners—dedicated volunteers, members, and organizations contribute essential time and labor to the preservation and protection of Lake Wingra and the Wingra Watershed.