News, Reviews and Media Appearances

Don is working with the superintendent of Governor Nelson State Park and some volunteers to create a series of interpretive panels that will help visitors understand what was there before the park. We have great images of Indianola from Mike Woldenberg. If you're interested in helping on this project or have images of Camps Wakanda and Maria Olbrich, or of the two farms on the property, please contact Don through the "contact us” button.
"Unwind" – Spring 2020
Sprinkman Real Estate featured Don in their spring 2020 issue of "Unwind".
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Badger Insider
"Badger Insider" published by the University of Wisconsin, Chemistry Professor Bassam Shakashiri recommends On Fourth Lake as a book he likes to reread.
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Don was recently featured on Wisconsin Public Radio’s Wisconsin Life. Click here to listen to this story that first aired on December 16, 2019
Madison Lakes Guide
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The Clean Lakes Alliance recently published the 2016 edition of its Madison Lakes Guide.  Click the ink above to download a .pdf version of a very fine article written by Greer Deneen about our favorite book.


Don joins Wisconsin Public Radio’s Larry Meiller to talk about Lake Mendota's rich social history.


Books and Beats with Stu Levitan, 92.1The Mic, Madison, WI

November 1, 2015

Author, historian and radio host Stuart Levitan spends 90 minutes with Don sharing stories about Lake Mendota and Madison history. Links to the podcasts (hour 1 & hour 2)


Waunakee Tribune, Waunakee, WI

October 28, 2015

Roberta Baumann reminds her readers that, even in the winter, the book will take you on virtual boat ride around the lake.


Capital Times, Madison, WI

October 24, 2015

Dave Zweifel calls it “delightful” and “remarkable.”


Live at Five, WISC-TV, Madison, WI

October 7, 2015

Susan Siman and Mark Koehn chat with Don about his book.


Isthmus, Madison , WI

September 4, 2015

Jay Rath dives into the true story of Lake Mendota, from it’s watery depths.


"Nobody knows Lake Mendota like Don Sanford. Drawing on his extensive experience on the water and exceptional research in the archives, he takes us around Fourth Lake, telling the stories of its people and places better than anyone."

Stuart Levitan, author, Madison: The Illustrated Sesquicentennial History, Vol. 1.


"Limnology, the science of inland waters, provides one of the important ways to view the lake, but it leaves out so much of what is captured in this social history. In On Fourth Lake, Don Sanford explains how this science has helped protect and manage the lake in a manner few other lakes enjoy.”

John J. Magnuson – past director of the Center for Limnology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison


You are going to love this book! It’s history, but it’s also a page turner, lusciously illustrated, and beautifully laid out. And what fun to read! It’s a whole new way of seeing and appreciating Madison – from the water. Beware, your learning curve will point skyward, but you’ll have a smile on your face the whole time. Lots of aha moments are guaranteed for newcomers and lifetime residents. We are all in Sanford’s debt for his unique and much–needed perspective on why Madison is so special.

David Mollenhoff, Madison historian

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