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Lake Mendota

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Address: Madison, WI
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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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Beautiful setting

We attended a wedding at a residence overlooking the lake. It was such a great setting;especially at sunset. There was lots to do on the lake as we watched the participants.There... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 13 September 2016
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Bayport, New York
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Bayport, New York
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124 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016

We attended a wedding at a residence overlooking the lake. It was such a great setting;especially at sunset. There was lots to do on the lake as we watched the participants.There were beautiful houses that dotted the landscape.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 September 2016

Picturesque vista in downtown Madison. Find a place (Edgewater Hotel, Memorial Union, etc) to relax and enjoy a beer, or an ice cream.

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Madison, Wisconsin
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 September 2016

Out of the many lakes in Madison, this is one of the good ones. It is nice to walk around or sit and eat and talk or read a book :) I like it.

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Palm Springs, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 August 2016

There is a long sidewalk trail along the river. It is a really good stroll for a sunny day or you can rent a kayak or sailboat to see another view.

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 August 2016

Lake Mendota, located near Madison's downtown is a picturesque place to go. On the day I viewed it, the sun was going down and an audience, largely made up of University of Wisconsin co-eds was there to just enjoy it. It made it a communal experience the sun's rays intermingling with the various water craft, all getting a front row... More 

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Middleton, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2016

I love to go anywhere to just sit on a pier and listen to the water slapping against the dock. The sight of sails, boats, kayaks when the lake is not real crowded is wonderful. One of the best places to see it from is the Union Terrace or the Edgewater. Even Captain Bill's is nice from the outside.

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Chicago, Illinois
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2016 via mobile

We went on a pontoon boat owned by family on a windy Chilly August morning. It was very nice. Pleasant ride across the lake from locks connecting Lake Monona. From the middle one can view U of Wisconsin Campus. Medical Complex. And capital building. Ride taking us around the lake brought us to view large estates, governors mansion and the... More 

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West Grove, Pennsylvania, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 August 2016 via mobile

I needed a place to feel calm and gain inner peace. I say with the ducks at the water's edge and found it. Beautiful place to just relax and not have to think.

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 August 2016

We really enjoyed taking our boat on the lake, it huge, and plenty of room to drive around. Had a fun day, lots of launch ramps, and fishing. i really like the locks, and the canals are peaceful to cruise through

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 August 2016

Take advantage of benches located along Lake Mendota's perimeter. I found a bench near Menona Terrace to enjoy lunch and it was very peaceful - nice escape from a busy schedule. Ducks greeted me nearby and hung out along the shorelines. The crappie fishing must be excellent as multiple folks fishing along shoreline - watched people continuously pull up fish.... More 

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