The Duck Pond and its Springs


The “Duck Pond” (not the one the Madison Mallards baseball team plays in) in the University of Wisconsin-Madison Arboretum, is inhabited year ’round by flocks of the native mallard duck.  Spring water flows on from the pond into Lake Wingra just beyond the tree line.

The Duck Pond is also well-known for this lovely stone wall, the design of which is attributed to the architect Frank Lloyd Wright. Crews from the Civilian Conservation Crew (CCC) build the wall in the 1930’s.  The stone wall, and its former gardens, is above the springs and pond.  The low stone wall  is easily seen from the curve in Nakoma Road just before it becomes Monroe St.

The Duck Pond springs consist of several smaller spring channels or springlets. This stone pillar was carefully built over one of these springs when the Frank Lloyd Wright wall was built.

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About Steve Glass

The blogger is a restoration ecologist practicing and writing in the Midwestern United States.
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