The 6th Annual Clean Lakes Festival is Jam Packed with Water-Related Fun!

August 8, 2012 Press Releases

August 8, 2012 (Madison, WI) On Saturday, August 18, 2012 the Clean Lakes Festival (CLF) sponsored by Lands’ End will take place at Olin Park on the shores of Lake Monona in Madison, WI.  The free, one-day festival offers an extensive list of options for people to try and enjoy while raising money for long-term cleanup projects of the Yahara Watershed.

CLF allows attendees to experience a wide variety of water-related activities on and around the lake.  Some of the activities offered at this year’s festival include:

  • Water ski Lessons by the Mad-City Water Ski Team, 8:00 AM – 2:30 PM
  • Ho Chunk Heritage Boat Tour of Lake Monona, 10:00 – Noon
  • Liquid Courage 2 Mile Challenge, 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM
  • Crazy 4 Lakes Discovery Center, Noon- 4:00 PM
  • Canoes, Kayaks and Stand Up Paddleboards from Wingra Boats, Noon-5:30 PM
  • Log Rolling, 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM
  • Lake Cruise Rides, 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM
  • Music Stage, Noon- Sunset
  • Food, beer and fun for whole family

“The Clean Lakes Festival is the perfect opportunity to enjoy the day and celebrate our lakes,” says Jacci Meier, Festival Co-Chair.  “Our festival allows people to experience a multitude of activities that usually are not available to them at one time, and are FREE or low cost,” adds Meier.

The Clean Lakes Festival originally started in 2007 by the Mad-City Water Ski Team.  Over the team’s 50 plus years of being located in downtown Madison, they saw a decline in the water quality.  The team decided to create the festival to create awareness and raise money to support Dane County lake clean-up projects.  The past five festivals have raised over $500,000 to improve and protect the Yahara Watershed.

Don Heilman, CLF Co-Chair says “This festival is about fun, but it also gives us the opportunity to highlight the important need to improve and preserve the lakes as well.  If people are given the opportunity to experience just a sample of the fun the lakes can provide, then we hope they will become more engaged in improving the quality of them too.”

For additional information and to see a complete schedule of events at the festival visit