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Boat Moorings & Crane

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The Wisconsin Union is the premier place on Lake Mendota to store your sailboat! Outdoor UW is in charge of three mooring fields on the southern shores of Lake Mendota.

  • Mooring field #1 is right off the Memorial Union Terrace with 45 pins in deep water.
  • Mooring field #2 is north of Goodnight and Vel Phillips Halls with 16 pins in 3-10 feet of water, depending on the exact location and lake levels. 
  • Mooring field #4 is near the outlet of Willow Creek with 6 spaces for personal moorings (i.e. You must provide your own mooring setup). This field is shallow.

Pricing for 2024

  • Mooring Field #1 - $1207.00
  • Mooring Field #2 - $938.00
  • Mooring Field #4 - $161.00

We can take boats up to 10,000lb in displacement, depending on location.

Personal dinghy storage is available at fields #2 and #4. Two rowing dinghy tenders are available to renters at field #1 on the Hoofer piers. 

Typically, the mooring fields are open for use from May to mid-October, depending on conditions and other factors. 

Currently, all vacant moorings are offered to people on the waiting list by random selection.

For more information, please contact Outdoor UW at or 608-262-1630.


Waitlist Form


Important Documents & Dates

Notes for Moorings

Returning Mooring Acknowledgement Feb 12 
Mooring Contract Link Distributed Feb 26
Mooring Payment Due Mar 13
Lottery for Waitlist Vacancies Mar 27
Mooring Field Opens April 29**
Mooring Field Closes Oct 22**

 ** Tentative


 Crane OperationsIMG 4063

Outdoor UW has a 5-Ton capacity crane for lifting boats in and out of the water. The crane can be scheduled for group lift-operations or on one-off occasions. For more information please contact the Sailing Program Manager.


Spring Lift In 2024

Please sign up here:~Not Yet Scheduled~


Fee Structure

Rate  Price
Organized Group Lift Dates $125
Off Schedule lift dates (2 weeks notice) $175
Unscheduled/Emergency $350
Four Lifts (Must preschedule) $350
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Mooring Fields

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