What do swimming, sewage, and sea serpents have in common? If Madison’s early settlers loved the city’s natural beauty, why did they dump sewage in the lakes? The four lakes have been central to Madison’s identity since the beginning, attracting settlement with their beauty and resources. This tour will use Lake Mendota, the Yahara River and Tenney Park to explore how Madison's waterways have impacted the history of the city and those living here. We will tell stories about how the lakes have affected everything from boating and beer to myths and monsters.