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Lake Mendota

Madison, WI
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Probably the most beautiful urban lake in the country!

Amazing lake - has great sites from the University, to natural sites, to beautiful lake homes... read more

Reviewed 10 April 2017
Madison, Wisconsin
Beautiful lake!

Our visit to Madison was in March, so the weather was very cool. However, we did make a stop to... read more

Reviewed 30 March 2017
Barbara D
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Ideal for boating in the summer, and ice skating or ice fishing in winter.
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  • Very good29%
  • Average6%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible2%
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Reviewed 10 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.

2  Thank PMcBride3
Reviewed 30 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
Reviewed 13 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...More

1  Thank 4csmiley
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...More

Thank Bern R
Reviewed 17 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.

1  Thank JVoss
Reviewed 30 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...More

Thank barisaxman
Reviewed 14 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
Reviewed 26 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...More

2  Thank Jack F
Reviewed 20 October 2016 via mobile

We took the opportunity to spend time walking around the lake. It was amazing how clean the entire area was where we walked. The late afternoon views were beautiful. A great place to go and enjoy nature

1  Thank ddmullis
Reviewed 17 October 2016

It is view to behold if you are at the lake when the sun sets. The area is nice and you will always find people walking, bicycling and having fun. It is a great place for a walk or for meeting someone.

1  Thank Priyannkaa
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21 August 2016|
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Response from EHMadison | Reviewed this property |
There are pontoon rides and perhaps even rentals available through MSCR (Madison School and Community Recreation). "Drop in" rides are $6. It's about a 90 min ride. Beautiful way to see the lake.For more info, do a web... More
5 June 2016|
Response from Mike R | Reviewed this property |
The best place to be dropped off would be the Memorial Union on the UW campus which is under major renovation but I believe they still rent boats and paddle boards there but you may have to be a student or faculty member. A... More