TROUT LAKE STATION USER'S GUIDE

Trout Lake Station is part of the UW campus system and all campus rules apply.

This User's Guide is intended to communicate key features regarding general use of the Trout Lake Station. Everyone working at the station should be familiar with these items. Questions unanswered by this fact sheet should be directed to Pam Fashingbauer, Station Coordinator, or Susan Knight, Station Interim Director.

Trout Lake Station Code of Conduct

Working at UW Trout Lake Station (TLS) is a great opportunity for you to gain research experience at a world-class field research station. Along with this opportunity comes a responsibility, not only to complete your work but also to be a good neighbor on station. As a station user, you are expected to be aware of and comply with the Trout Lake Station’s code of conduct, station policies and user guide.

Trout Lake Station Code of Conduct:

  1. You are residing in close quarters with many other station users and are expected to be thoughtful of each other. Remember, the purpose of being here is to assist your supervisor with their research, to gain experience doing science and/or to complete your own research project. Experience has taught us that these goals are best met when collectively there is mutual respect among station users.
  2. While living/working at Trout Lake Station, you represent the station and the University of Wisconsin and are expected to conduct yourself appropriately both on station and in the community.
  3. You are responsible for knowing and understanding the policies and procedures of the UW and Trout Lake Station and the Trout Lake User Guide.

Procedures for Emergencies: Dial 911 for all emergencies. Be sure to inform the operator that you are at the University of Wisconsin Trout Lake Station off of County N on Trout Lake Station Dr. (The DNR also has a station on Trout Lake and if you just say Trout Lake Station, the emergency personnel will likely go to the DNR Headquarters.)

Smoking policy at Trout Lake Station.  We adhere to the UW policy of no smoking in any building or within 25’ of any entrance. There will also be no smoking in the dock and shore area. Additionally, smokers will not smoke near where others are already working.

At least two cigarette butt containers will be placed around the station – one near Juday House and one at another location of choice. Cigarette butts must not be go into regular trash cans.  

Reservations: To reserve housing at Trout Lake Station, please contact Pam Fashingbauer. Housing is in short supply in the summer so make your reservations early. Please do not change room assignments without checking with Pam. If your plans change, please let Pam know ASAP so the room can be made available to others. Visitors are allowed on station if there is room. The cost is $10.00 per person per night and you must let Pam Fashingbauer know if you would like to have guests stay on station.

Bedding: The station does not provide towels or bedding. Some blankets and pillows are available but people usually bring their own bedding. Mattress pads are provided on all beds.

Meals: The station does not provide meals. Cooking facilities are available in each residence. Supermarkets are available in Minocqua and Boulder Junction. Those in Minocqua are larger and open 24 hours a day.

Cleanup: No cleaning service is provided for station housing. Each resident is required to maintain his/her cabin or room in a reasonable state of cleanliness. Failure to maintain cleanliness can result in the loss of access to station housing.

Leaving: Residents completing their stays at Trout Lake are responsible for cleaning their residences thoroughly. No food of any sort should be left in refrigerators or cupboards unless specific arrangements have been made with other residents.

Laundry: Washers and dryers are located in Juday house and in the shower building.

Trash: Household trash should be separated from recyclables. Dumpsters are located near the main driveway. Garbage should be placed in plastic bags, tied securely and put into the dumpster. Trash should not be allowed to accumulate in the residences and should never be stored outdoors other than in designated locations. Skunks, raccoon and bears can make a real mess if a bag is left outside overnight. Garbage pickup is on Monday and Friday. Put any fish remains in the dumpster that morning.

Station Logistics

Weekly Seminars: To keep everyone informed of research occurring at the station, we hold a series of informal seminars on Wednesday at 5:30 during the summer.  These seminars are often field trips to research sites. Everyone staying on station is expected to attend seminar.

Volleyball: Volleyball is the official sport of all field stations. Our games are held immediately following the seminars every week (and on other occasions as well). The games provide a good opportunity for socializing even if you don't plan on playing.

Security: The main laboratory, and all storage buildings should all be locked while unattended except during business hours. If you are the last person to leave any of these buildings during non-business hours, please be sure that all lights are off, and that all doors are locked.

Parking: Residents should park in the lots near cabins or in the main parking lot. Areas near the lab are reserved for research vehicles. DO NOT park on the grassy areas near the cabins.

Station Equipment

Station Vehicle Use: University fleet vehicles are to be used for official business only. Drivers must obtain approval from the University of Wisconsin-Madison Office of Risk Management prior to using station vehicles. Only persons associated with the station should ride in station vehicles. (e.g. family members and visiting friends may not ride in the vehicles). You are not insured while driving a state vehicle unless you have obtained approval from Risk Management. Station residents without other means of transportation may use station vehicles on occasion for errands such as grocery shopping. Over night use of fleet vehicles requires approval of the station director. If you have a question about vehicle use, see Pam Fashingbauer or Susan Knight.

Accidents: All accidents involving station vehicles must be reported within 24 hrs of the accident. Accident report forms are found in the glove compartments of the vehicles. Forms need to be turned into Pam Fashingbauer, John Vehrs or Susan Knight.

Boat and Motor Use: Motors, oars, and flotation devices are stored in the gas shack. Oars are designated for Jon boats or Alumacrafts because of different sized oarlocks. Oars and flotation devices are in short supply and must be returned to the gas shack after each use. Someone may need them during the evening so don't keep them overnight even if you plan to use them the following morning. Gas cans are stored in the metal building next to the acid shack. If boats and motors are not required for research, they may be used for limited recreational activities. See Susan Knight with questions about recreational boat use. If you were born after 1/1/1989 you are required to have boaters safety to use a motor boat. This is a state law and the course is available through the DNR web site.

Life Jacket Use: A Personal Flotation Device (not a seat cushion) must be available for each boat occupant at all times as required by law. Life jackets must be worn when water temperature is below 10oC (50oF). Life jackets must be worn by all classes and outreach participants at all times. Whether life jackets are required to be worn or not is at the discretion of the boat captain, except in above cases. CFL staff are strongly encouraged to set an example by wearing a life jacket. Any boat over 16 ft requires one throwable (cushion) on board.

Reserving station vehicles: The use of station vehicles should be scheduled in advance. Reservations are handled by Pam Fashingbauer. Requests for vehicle use must be made by 7:30 Thursday morning for the following week. A schedule for vehicle and boat use is posted in the main office. Any unreserved vehicles or boats may be signed out on a daily basis. Do not take the last vehicle on station for personal use.

SCUBA: Only certified divers may use station equipment. Use of station equipment must be cleared with Carol Warden. Researchers must dive with a buddy at all times. Each research group is responsible for refilling the tanks that it uses. Arrangements for the use of SCUBA equipment must be made as far in advance as possible; it is often in short supply. A copy of your certification must be on file at Trout Lake. Please give certificate to Pam Fashingbauer.

Tools: The station has an assortment of hand and power tools. You should clear any use of this equipment with John Vehrs. No one should use a power tool unless he/she has received proper training in its use. Protective eye wear must be used at all times.

Lab Equipment: Use of lab equipment needs to be cleared with Tim Meinke/Pam Montz or the person responsible for the equipment. 

Photocopies: Research related copies may be made at any time. Personal copies can be made for $0.05/copy. This is an honor system. Please put the money in the desk in the main office.

Postage: Stamps for business use are available in the main office.  Stamps for personal use can be purchased. See Pam Fashingbauer for location.