Facilities at Trout Lake Station

Our all-season laboratory is a 10,000 sq. ft., two-story structure located on the south shore of Trout Lake.   The main building contains multiple small laboratories and offices that are assigned to researchers as needed.  In addition, rooms equipped with aquaria, microscopes, incubators, and general use computers are available for common use.  The station also has a library, large (75 people) and small (6 people) conference rooms, a main office, a gear storage area and two larger general purpose laboratories.

Six year round cabins/houses and four seasonal cabins can accommodate 37 people year round and 48 during May-October.  All cabins have fully equipped kitchens and the year-round buildings have bathroom/shower facilities. Residents of the seasonal cabins use a centralized bathroom/shower building.  All housing units have WiFi available.

Trout Lake Station is well-equipped to provide access for researchers to nearly any aquatic site in the Northern Highland Lake District. Major field gear includes: four-wheel-drive trucks, numerous boats equipped with motors and trailers, and four canoes. Scuba gear is also available. A snowmobile, ice augers, and snowshoes are available for winter field work. Four instrumented buoys are deployed on nearby lakes. We have most standard collecting gear for general limnological work including peristaltic pumps with in-line filtration, meters and probes to measure light (PAR and full spectral characteristics), temperature and oxygen in situ, plankton samplers, trawls, fyke nets, gill nets, seines and electrofishing gear.

scopesOur laboratories are equipped with fume hoods, two systems to provide high-quality purified water suitable for chemical sample processing, drying ovens, a muffle furnace, balances, pH meters, a spectrophotometer, fluorometer, gas chromatograph configured for greenhouse gas analysis, and a liquid scintillation counter. A set of three light-and temperature-controlled incubators are available for experimental projects and culture maintenance. We have 6 dissecting and 2 compound microscope stations. Two dissecting scopes are equipped with a digital camera and computerized measurement and counting system. A Zeiss inverted microscope is equipped for epifluorescence. The laboratory has a series of large fiberglass holding tanks, four 75-gallon fiberglass aquaria, assorted small aquaria, and a controlled-temperature incubation system for primary production measurements. Portable generators and pumps allow the use of holding tanks at remote sites throughout the region. In addition, a wide variety of other analytical equipment is available on the Madison campus.

office Common use areas are to be maintained by the users. Each common use area is assigned a staff member to help with concerns that arise. The following people are in charge of specific areas:
Scope rooms: Pam Montz
Chem. Lab (rm 208): Tim Meinke 
Wet Lab (downstairs): Pam Montz
Staging area (downstairs): John Vehrs
Gear room: Pam Montz and Tim Meinke
Scuba area: Noah Lottig and Carol Warden
GC room (rm 117): Noah Lottig
Plant workroom (rm 121): Susan Knight
Scintillation Counter and Incubators (rm 123): Tim Meinke and John Vehrs
Spectrophometer (rm 125): Tim Meinke canoeing on area lake
Buoy Room (Rm 122): Tim Meinke
Primary Productivity Lab (rm 109): Tim Meinke
House of Lords: Michael Coakley and Carol Warden
Garage: John Vehrs and Michael Coakley
Acid Shack,(workshop): Michael Coakley and Noah Lottig


For further information, contact Pam Fashingbauer.