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Lake Mendota

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Address: Madison, WI

Ideal for boating in the summer, and ice skating or ice fishing in winter.

Ideal for boating in the summer, and ice skating or ice fishing in winter.

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Both lakes in Madison are beautiful but I really like this one. My hotel was very close and I took a walk at night to visit the shore line

Reviewed 2 days ago
gary c
Carolina, Puerto Rico
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Carolina, Puerto Rico
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689 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 114 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Both lakes in Madison are beautiful but I really like this one. My hotel was very close and I took a walk at night to visit the shore line

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Des Moines
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128 reviews
54 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Went fishing there this past weekend and caught al sorts of great fish. Many boat ramps, very clear water (I saw my anchor in 8' of water).

Thank Casey Y
Madison, Wisconsin
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15 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 April 2017

Amazing lake - has great sites from the University, to natural sites, to beautiful lake homes. Amazing history - the most studied lake in world! Great fishing, great sailing.

Thank PMcBride3
Eagle River
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8 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 31 March 2017

Our visit to Madison was in March, so the weather was very cool. However, we did make a stop to the beach on Lake Mendota anyway. Was very nice; lots of activity even in the spring.

Thank Barbara D
Madison, Wisconsin
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8 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 14 February 2017

Excellent lake for boating. Swimming can vary depending on the amount of algae. The dirt at the bottom of the lake can get a little gooey in places also and has a horrendous smell to it. Not sure why. Fun to cruise around on and see the Governor's mansion, the Union and the Beach.

Thank 4csmiley
Williamsburg, Virginia
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321 reviews
55 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 95 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 February 2017

We recently experienced the annual Frozen Assets Festival on Lake Mendota. From our room at The Edgewater, the frozen lake was winter wonderland playground, The weekend of 3-5 Feb 2017 filled our days with fun invigorating walks on the lake; chatted with locals (especially the ice fisherman); watched kite skiers crisscross the vast lake; roast marshmallows; and watch beautiful sunsets.... More 

Thank Bern R
Madison, WI
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27 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 January 2017

Sit down and enjoy the view from the UW's Memorial Union Terrace or one of many parks and public spaces surrounding the lake. It makes the UW Madison Campus one of the most scenic public university campus sites to be found anywhere.

Thank JVoss
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55 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 December 2016

You can experience this lake in so many ways. Located only a few blocks from the State Capitol and the University campus, it's a large beautiful lake with bike-paths, beaches, comfortable places to hang out, and at least one place to rent canoes and other water-craft if you want to get onto the water. Behind the Student Union is a... More 

Thank barisaxman
Grand Rapids, Michigan, United States
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180 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 November 2016

We happened to be there as the Supermoon was rising and the sun was setting. So beautiful there, a great place to walk, run, ride a bike.

Thank MurJD
Scottsdale, Arizona
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272 reviews
73 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 95 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 October 2016

This is my favorite of the 4 lakes that are located in the Madison area. The UW is situated along the shore, making all water sports available to the community of students and faculty. Sunrises and sunsets are gorgeous, Of course the Lake is best during the spring, summer and fall seasons.

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