University of Wisconsin–Madison

User’s Guide

Code of Conduct | Contact | Staying on Station | Computers | Vehicles Boats and Life Jackets | Equipment & Instruments | Storage | Chemicals | Batteries | Other

The Center for Limnology Trout Lake Station (TLS) is part of the UW campus system and all campus rules apply.

Working at 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 Trout Lake Station’s code of conduct, station policies and user guide. Please comply with these policies or you could lose the privilege of staying at Trout Lake Station or working for the UW Center for Limnology.

Trout Lake Code of Conduct

  • You are residing in close quarters with many other station users and are expected to be respectful 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.
  • 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.
  • If you experience or witness any hostile, intimidating or harassing behavior please contact a Living on Station Committee member.
  • All students are expected to attend the weekly seminar held every Wednesday at 5:30 pm. Exceptions must be approved by your supervisor prior to seminar.

Vehicles, Boats and Trailers Policies

  • Report all accidents/damage to station property immediately. (See user guide for details)
  • No overnight use of station vehicles without prior approval by the station director.
  • Use personal vehicles whenever possible for non-research activities.
  • Do not take the last available state vehicle for personal use.
  • All persons wishing to drive UW vehicles must be approved through the UW Fleet portal. (see Pam F. for instructions to apply.)
  • All persons wishing to drive Trout Lake Station boats or vehicles must have participated in one of the Hasler Lab or Trout Lake Station vehicle and boat training sessions.
  • All persons born after 1/1/1989 must have completed boater’s safety course and provide certification before using any motorized boat.
  • You may be financially responsible for damage to boats and boating accessories if the damage happens during recreational use.

Guests at Trout Lake Station Policies

  • Overnight guests must register with the station coordinator.
  • The cost for overnight guests is $10.00 per person per night.
  • Any guest traveling in station boats of vehicles must complete a volunteer form. See Pam F. for forms.

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Who to Contact:

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.)

Question/concern after hours: Check with the grad students or other returning residents to see if they can help you. If further assistance see sign out board in main office for emergency contact list.

Who to contact if something is broken or damaged on station? Pam Fashingbauer, John Vehrs or Michael Coakley. Be sure to put anything needing repair on the repair log in the main office.

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Staying on station:

    • Reservations.  To reserve housing at Trout Lake Station please complete the housing form or contact Pam Fashingbauer.
    • Firearms are not allowed on station. If you would like to have a firearm at the station for off hours use please contact the Director and we will work to accommodate your needs.
    • Smoking is not allowed in any building or within 25’ of any entrance; no smoking in the dock and shore area. Additionally, smokers will not smoke near where others are already working. Cigarette butts must not be go into regular trash cans. 4  cigarette butt containers are located around the station grounds.
    • Alcohol: TLS adheres to the UW alcohol policy.
    • Pets are not allowed on station or in the cabins.
    • Guests are allowed if there is room. Check with Pam Fashingbauer before inviting anyone to stay on station. Even though a bed may be open today it might not be open tomorrow. The cost is $10.00 per night per person.
    • Volunteers can help you with your project. We have a volunteer form that they need to complete before doing any field work. See Pam Fashingbauer for forms.
    • Security in the main laboratory and all storage buildings are 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 is available for residents 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.
    • Mail is delivered to 3110 Trout Lake Station Dr, Boulder Junction, WI 54512. Please do not complete a change of address for the summer. Instead, temporarily transfer your mail and put a stop date on that transfer.
    • Photocopies of 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.
    • Towels and bedding are not provided. Some blankets and pillows are available but people usually bring their own bedding. Mattress pads are provided on all beds.
    • Meals are not provided. 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 is required by each resident for his/her cabin or room to a reasonable state of cleanliness. Failure to maintain cleanliness can result in the loss of access to station housing. Residents completing their stays at TLS 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.
    • Washers and dryers are located in Juday house and in the shower building.
    • 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 Friday. Put any fish remains in the dumpster that morning.
    • TLS boats and canoes for recreation are available for use after hours as long as they are not needed for research. Certain boats have restrictions. Check the boat list for which boats are for specific lakes and which are for any lake. Be familiar with current boat cleaning policies.
    • Weekly Seminars are held every Wednesday at 5:30. These are informal gathering to keep everyone informed of research occurring on station. Everyone staying on station is expected to attend seminar.
    • Volleyball is the official sport of all field stations. Games are held immediately following seminar (and on other occasions as well). The games provide a good opportunity for socializing even if you don’t plan on playing.

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  • Wireless access is available in the main labs and cabins. No password is required. Many offices also have wired access.
  • For access to the fileserver or general use computers, see instructions in the computer lab.
  • To add a printer to your computer, see Noah Lottig room 225 for assistance.

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Station vehicles

  • Drivers must obtain authorized through the UW Fleet portal prior to using station vehicles.
  • Only authorized drivers, UW employees and volunteers can ride in state vehicles. Family members cannot ride in state vehicles unless they are volunteering.
  • 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 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.
  • If you are a resident of the station and do not have your own car, a state vehicle may be used for trips to the grocery store or other needs related to living on station.
  • Reserving 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.
  • Unreserved vehicles or boats may be signed out on a daily basis. Do not take the last vehicle on station for personal use.

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Station Boats

  • Boat and Motor Use:
    • If you were born after 1/1/1989 you are required to have boater’s safety to use a motor boat. This is a state law and the course is available through the DNR web site.
    •  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. All staff are strongly encouraged to set an example by wearing a life jacket. Any boat over 16 ft. requires one throwable (cushion) on board.
    • Many boats on station are designated for a lake. Please do not use these boats on any other lake.
    • All boats are required to be steam cleaned when returned to the station unless they have a specific lake designation. Please see John Vehrs for power steamer instructions.
    • A throwable cushion is required in all boats over 16 ft. This includes the electroshock boats and J18.
    • Boats and canoes are available for recreational use as long as they are not needed for research. Boat cleaning protocol apply.

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Equipment & Instruments

  • Trout Lake Station has a wide variety of equipment including Analytical balances, autoclave, Beckman Coulter spectrophotometer, centrifuge, drying ovens, fiberglass aquaria (four 75-gallon), assorted smaller aquaria and large fiberglass holding tanks and portable generators and pumps for holding tanks, flurometer, fume hoods, glove box, incubators, laminar flow hood, microscopes (compound, dissection and inverted), muffle furnace, PerkinElmer Liquid Scintillation Counter, pH meter (must supply own electrode), and two pure reagent water systems.
  • Microscopes are available for general use. We have 6 dissecting scope stations and 2 compound scope stations. Two dissecting scopes are attached to a digital camera and computerized measurement system. A  Zeiss inverted microscope is equipped for epi-fluorescence. All scopes are general use; scheduling is done informally among the various users.
  • Madison campus has a wide variety of equipment.
  • Project equipment should not be used without checking with someone from that project.
  • SCUBA: Only certified divers may use station equipment. Use of station equipment must be cleared with Carol Warden. All CFL Scuba Protocols must be followed.  Researchers must dive with a buddy at all times. Each research group is responsible for refilling the tanks that it uses. A copy of your PADI card must be on file at Trout Lake. Please give certificate to Pam Fashingbauer. For questions contact Carol Warden.
  • Waders are NOT available for use at the station. Each project provides and maintains its own supply of waders. There are drying racks for waders in the garage.
  • General use lab equipment is available in several labs, including the chemistry lab (room 208), the scope room (room 118), the downstairs wet lab (room 112) and the plant lab (room 121). Please do not use equipment clearly labeled with a project name (e.g. LTER Base Crew or MO). If you are unsure if you can use something please check with the room steward for each room. Room steward’s names are found on the doors to each room on station.
  • Lab space is assigned based on your summer housing request.  Lab space is for common use, no samples or supplies should be left on commons area after use, if storage space is needed consult a committee member.

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  • Samples may be left over the winter if you will need them for the following field season. Be sure to clearly label with name, date and throw out date. Freezers and refrigerators are cleaned out yearly and any unlabeled samples will be tossed.
  • The House of Lords is a storage building at Trout Lake Station. The back half of the building is for long term general use storage. The front half is for frequently used equipment. Current projects will have a portion of the shelves to store their equipment. Please be courteous to other users and keep the walkways open for other to get to their equipment.
  • Freezers and Refrigerator are available for short and long term storage. Please be sure your samples are clearly labeled or they will be thrown out with annual cleaning.

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  • Hazardous chemicals CAN NOT, for the most part, go down the drain. TLS has a septic system rather than sanitary sewer. Pam Montz is the contact person for chemical disposal questions.
  • Here are the basics:
    • Acids and bases may be neutralized and put down the drain. Consult the UW Chemical Safety manual, on a lower shelf in the library, for protocol for neutralization.
    • Ethanol, methanol, and acetone may be placed in the waste carboy on the upper back porch. Filter the solvent so that no solids go in the carboy. Fill out the form on the door indicating volume of solvent added to carboy.
    • For all other chemical waste you must supply your own waste containers and take them with you when you leave.
    • The UW Safety Department Chemical Safety webpage contains a lot of useful information on chemical safety and disposal.
  • The Station does not have many general use chemicals. The exception is that we do have a fair amount of common acids. Contact Pam Montz in advance to inquire about availability.

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  • 12V batteries are available for use. All batteries are (and must be) housed in the acid shack. There is a shelf in the shack labeled “Common use,” these are common use batteries donated from previous projects that anyone can use. Do not use a battery unless it is labeled Common Use or you purchased it with your own monies.
  • Project purchased batteries and ALL batteries are (and must be) housed in the acid shack. Project specific batteries should be stored in the section of the battery shack labeled Project batteries. Project batteries must be clearly labeled with the project, individual, or group name. Do not use a battery that is not yours unless it is labeled common use.
  • Battery charging must be done in the acid shack.
  • Old and/or bad batteries need to be taken to fleet in Madison for recycling. There will be a section in the acid shack labeled “Dead batteries to fleet”. If you come across a bad battery use duct tape to label it “Bad” with the date and notify John Vehrs. Please check this shelf and take dead batteries when heading to Madison.

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  • The Station can be used for research other than limnology? Contact Susan Knight for specific research requests.
  • Power tools are available for use. Be sure to contact John Vehrs or Michael Coakley before using for instructions and location of safety gear. Please be sure to use safety glasses anytime you are working with power tools.
  • Tools, including most standard power tools and hand tools may be borrowed by researchers. Check with John Vehrs for specific needs.
  • Leftover supplies that could be used by others:  Check with John Vehrs or Michael Coakley for location to put reusable supplies.
  • Building materials to be tossed can be put next to the dumpsters or check with Michael Coakley.
  • For help building research equipment, see John Vehrs to help design and build needed equipment. Check to see what is already here before building something new. There is an enclosed area next to the garage and the back half of the House of Lords that contains old sampling gear.

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