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(Note: This page is dedicated to the lagoon planning process.  It is NOT the intent of this project/page to discuss Warner Park at large.)

Aerial Photo Warner Lagoon



The City of Madison, Wisconsin DNR, and several groups vested in Warner Lagoon have begun exploring a planning process with the intent of developing ideas for improving the water quality, environmental health, and recreational amenities of Warner Lagoon.  As part of this planning process, we would like to hear from the neighbors and residents who use the lagoon.  

This planning process is focused on the lagoon only, and does not extend to Warner Park as a whole. 

The planning process is being partially funded by a grant from the Wisconsin DNR.  A copy of the grant application can be found here.

Purpose:  The purpose of the planning process is to address the deteriorated quality of the lagoon.  This will be achieved by engaging the stakeholders and the public to define and prioritize the objectives for improvement. 

Product:  The product of the planning process will be a document that is agreed upon by the majority of participants and proposes realistic projects that work toward achieving the defined objectives.  This document will be used to plan future projects when resources become available.

Participating groups and contacts for the Warner Lagoon Planning process:

  • City of Madison - Engineering Division (Sally Swenson, 608-266-4862,
  • City of Madison - Parks Division (Janet Schmidt, 608-261-9688,
  • Department of Natural Resources - Fisheries (Kurt Welke, 608-273-5946,
  • District 12, Alder Larry Palm (
  • District 18, Alder Rebecca Kemble (


General and Historical Information

Page is updated periodically, so please check back!

Recent Studies and Reports on Warner Lagoon - Page Coming Soon!