Stay tuned for the next Mendota Freeze contest starting Saturday, December 1st, 2018
Last year, Lake Mendota froze on Wednesday, December 27th, 2017!
Congratulations to grand prize winner Dawn Hearn and runner up Jon Voichick, both from Madison. Read more about the freeze declaration.
Every winter, the Mendota Freeze Contest calls attention to the year-round importance of our lakes to local quality of life. The FIRST person to correctly guess the official “ice-on” date for Lake Mendota will win a $1,000 gift card to shop at Lands’ End! The runner up will receive an overnight stay at the Wilderness Resort in Wisconsin Dells.
Only one guess per individual. Multiple entries will be automatically disqualified. Official rules and regulations can be found here.
Before you make your guess:
- For insight into the Wisconsin State Climatology Office, which declares the lakes frozen each year, read “A view from above: Our visit to the Wisconsin State Climatology Office”
- For statistics about determining the freeze date and the Madison ice record, see History of freezing and thawing of Lake Mendota and Madison lakes ice summary
- To test your knowledge of our lakes in the winter, take the frozen lakes quiz