Emergency: (608) 262-3505
Business: (608) 262-5865
The UW Lifesaving Station on Lake Mendota is a lake safety and rescue operation serving boaters and swimmers of the UW-Madison and greater Madison community.
The UW Lifesaving Station maintains a seasonal (April through October) lake watch from its lookout tower/boathouse facility located on the southeast shore of Lake Mendota. The observation tower affords a view of approximately 80% of Lake Mendota's 9,842 acre surface area. Two 31-foot twin-screw rescue launches are maintained to assist boaters. Additionally, the service operates the Memorial Union swim pier, staffed by student lifeguards, from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day.
The rescue service keeps close ties with members of the Hoofer Sailing Club and canoeists from Outdoor Rentals, both located at the Memorial Union. The two groups have formulated a series of agreements to ensure safe boating practices among campus lake users.