Trout Lake Station (TLS)

The Land

The University of Wisconsin-Madison Trout Lake Station occupies ancestral Ojibwe land, located within the Ceded Territories of the Lake Superior Chippewa Tribes and in close proximity to the sovereign nation of the Lac du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Chippewa.

After decades of endured violence and displacement from their homelands, the Ojibwe people were forced to provide access to the Ceded Territories in the treaties of 1837 and 1842.

At Trout Lake Station, this history and the recognition of ongoing colonial practices will inform training, partnerships, and the co-production of knowledge toward the stewardship of water for future generations.

— Requested by partners on our Wild Rice project, composed in reference to the UW Madison language, edited and discussed by CFL PI and TLS staff, and presented to the LDF council on Sep-12-2022. It was received with appreciation and some discussion of how the partnerships are looking and some specific project discussion.


Trout Lake Station is a year-round field station operated by the Center for Limnology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison that has been supporting environmental and limnological research, training, and outreach in the northwoods of Wisconsin since 1925.

TLS is located in the Northern Highland Lake District, provides access to a wide variety of aquatic ecosystems and their surrounding landscapes including the Northern Highland-American Legion Sate Forest and Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest, and is well-equipped to support both short- and long-term visits. TLS is also in close proximity to all of the NEON Domain 5 research sites.

The station is located on the south shore of Trout Lake in Vilas County. The main laboratory offers visiting researchers access to labs and office space for their research needs. The station has meeting facilities including a library, a large conference room (60 people) and a small meeting room.


Trout Lake Station sign