Living on Station

Trout Lake Station has year round housing for 29 researchers with an additional 10 beds available in the summer. In addition, the Frost House has 8 beds that can be reserved by senior researchers and can accommodate small informal meetings.  Trout Lake Station offers opportunities for long or short term research, Laboratory facilities, 1 large and 2 small conference spaces,  and classroom fieldtrips. The TLS User Guide provides detailed information about staying on station.

What you need to know


For summer reservations please complete the reservation form. For reservations the rest of the year or for summer stays of 1 week or less please contact Pam Fashingbauer. Details and photos of the housing facilities are on our TLS Housing page.


Trout Lake Station strives to make research possible for all users. Fees are negotiable and are not intended to discourage any scientific pursuits that would benefit from using the resources on station. Please contact Gretchen Gerrish, station director, if you have questions.

UW Madison researchers in the environmental sciences

  • housing, boat, trailer and lab usage are provided free of charge.
  • fleet vehicle usage should be requested at time of reservation. Charges will be applied proportional to use. (for reference: Fleet rate = $34/day)
  • researchers budgeting for projects that require extensive ARGO, snow mobile, boat and/or trailer usage should request funding to support repair and maintenance (50/week, 200/month).


Per Person Costs :: Non-UW-Madison Users

wdt_ID Type Daily Weekly Monthly
1 Housing 10 60 240
2 Reserved Lab Use 10 50 200
3 Canoes / Boat / Trailer 10 50 200
4 Snow Mobile or ARGO Usage 25
5 Group Conference Room Usage 50

Classes will be charged housing on a per student basis. Class use of lab, conference room, boats, and/or trailers should be requested at the time of reservation and fees will be calculated based on the above table.

All users interested in using the gas chromatograph, scintillation counter, spectrophotometer, and/or shock boat should contact Gretchen Gerrish to ask about availability and fees.

What to bring

Mattress pads are provided on all beds. Plan to bring your own pillow, sleeping bag/sheets, towels, headlamp or flashlight or both. All cabins have fully equipped kitchens (Stove, refrigerators, microwaves, coffee maker, pots, pans and dishes). Food is not provided on station.

Arriving and Leaving

If you are arriving after hours contact Pam Fashingbauer prior to arrival to obtain access to housing. Please let Pam know when you are leaving the station. Do not leave food in the cabins: take with you, give to another resident or discard. Do not change bed assignments.

Staying on Station

There is no cleaning service provided, so each resident is responsible for cleaning his/her cabin. Garbage needs to be brought to the dumpsters near the main driveway. The closest grocery stores are located in Minocqua, St Germain or Boulder Junction. A swimming area and fire pit are located near the dock and are available at all times. A volleyball Court is located near Juday House. Laundry facilities are located in Juday house and the shower building. Pets are not allowed on station.


The entire station has WiFi. The year round cabins also have wired connections. The station building has wireless and wired connections throughout the building. General use computers are available in the main lab.

Map of Station