The Yahara River flows through the Village of DeForest and the Town of Windsor southwardly into Lake Mendota in Madison. The Yahara spans 45 miles (70 km) in total length and is the largest tributary to Lake Mendota.
We, the residents of DeForest and Windsor, appreciate and enjoy the Yahara River. We are also concerned about the current and future state of the River. Approximately 6 miles of the River run through our land and the combination of litter and fallen trees has hindered the clean flow of this beautiful river. That, however, is changing.
In the Spring of 2006, the Village of DeForest staff submitted a grant proposal to the DNR River Protection Grant Review Committee. The proposed project included forming a self-sustaining group to protect and advocate on behalf of the 6 mile stretch of the Yahara River as it travels through the DeForest area. The Village was awarded the DNR grant and in March of 2007 the Friends of the Yahara River Headwaters was born.
Since March of 2007, members of the Friends have been meeting on a monthly basis to establish their mission, goals, membership and leadership while holding special events to spread awareness.