| Trout Lake
Trout Lake Station was established in 1925 as a central location to study the diversity of lakes in northern Wisconsin. Birge and Juday's hopes were that by studying the different characteristics of many lakes, including a 500 lake survey, they would be able to be able to discover some general limnological principles. Juday would serve as the director.
For the first three years it was housed in an old schoolhouse and a garage at the Wisconsin State Forestry Headquarters. Most slept in tents and ate with the forestry workers. Even reaching the station was a major undertaking as there were only 20 miles of paved road between Madison and Trout Lake.
In 1928, Birge and Juday received permission to build a permanent laboratory and as time went on, more buildings. As the station grew, its notoriety did as well. Researchers from many disciplines around the nation and the world began to cite limnologists from the studies at Trout Lake. Some even began to visit Trout Lake themselves.
As Birge and Juday were considering retirement, a new face came into the field of Limnology at the UW, one that would take the research in a different direction.