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Marquette Waterfront Festival-Summer Kickoff!

2nd Weekend in June

This is the first of four festivals produced every year by the Marquette Neighborhood Association.  This one is located at Yahara Place Park along the Yahara River and Lake Monona in Madison. It’s the neighborhood’s first summer festival packed full of entertainment for all ages.

This is last year (couldn’t make it this year). It was Saturday afternoon, this is the scene. It was 4:30, great Cajun music was to begin at 5:00

Marquette Waterfront Festival 2012 crowd

Marquette Waterfront Festival 2012 music

De Temps Antan from Quebec were up next.  Their music sure got the crowd out of their chairs and dancing!

De Temps Antan of Quebec

Marquette Waterfront Festival dancing

You can even get a t-shirt of the festival, a different design every year.Marquette Waterfront Festival t-shirt 2012

There is something for everyone here, A great way to begin the summer in Madison, especially if you love live music.

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Madison’s Cherokee Marsh – South Unit


There is another part to this huge marshland, the South Unit. It is in the process of being restored to its former state before human interference.   The marsh filters the water before it spills into the Yahara River and in turn Lakes Mendota, Monona, Waubesa and Kegonsa.  They are known as the Madison “Chain of Lakes”.


The terrain is different here, and there is a boat landing also.  The map shows several nice trails.  I just explored a small area today near the boat launch.  There were animals and plants I didn’t see at the north unit, including a beautiful Sandhill Crane.

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An enjoyable visit, I be back again for another visit.

Madison’s Cherokee Marsh Park- North Unit


I found I had neglected exploring a natural area less than two miles from home, Cherokee Marsh Park, North Unit. I have lived in this area for seven years but overlooked it. Not anymore, I see great potential for fall colors here. Follow me on my hike, here is a map.


Some parts of the path are on metal walkway just above the water of the marsh, I never got wet. The path also has two observation platforms. This is the first one. There were many wildflowers too.

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You can see the Token Creek water tower from the path.

From the other observation platform you have a great view of the Yahara River.



The park also has a shelter with restrooms and water, you can park your car there.


It was a great hike, wear comfortable shoes and a camera!

Madison – Tenney Park Locks

Tenney Park Locks side in Madison

Tenney Park Locks

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In Madison, between Lakes Mendota and Monona, there is the Tenney Park Locks between the two lakes since they are of unequal depth. and elevation.  Boats ride the Yahara River to Lake Monona on the other side.

Tenney Park marker

I have been in a boat before while going between the lakes and it’s lots of fun!