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Lake Mendota

Madison, WI
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Just me and the ducks!

I needed a place to feel calm and gain inner peace. I say with the ducks at the water's edge and... read more

Reviewed 18 August 2016
Ja9PA
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West Grove, Pennsylvania, United States
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Huge lake, with locks & canals to smaller lake

We really enjoyed taking our boat on the lake, it huge, and plenty of room to drive around. Had a... read more

Reviewed 16 August 2016
karyn k
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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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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.

Thank Ja9PA
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

Thank karyn k
Reviewed 15 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...More

Thank HopheadWI
Reviewed 13 August 2016

Good view of the capital & downtown from the northern shore (Atwood St) and a nice place to walk and relax across from Olbrich Gardens

Thank Steveuj
Reviewed 7 August 2016

Lake Mendota is quite large. One way to see the lake is by visiting the Memorial Union Terrace on the campus of University of Wisconsin. If you appreciate contemporary and modern art, don't miss the FREE Chazen Museum of Art, just 2 blocks away. Indoor...More

Thank Cynthia F
Reviewed 16 July 2016

We walked along the lake by the campus. Very beautiful scenes. Not at all crowded. Nice for sunset, too.

Thank mikel12323
Reviewed 22 June 2016

We did the lunch boat ride - was nice. The clam chowder soup was to die for.. That was my favorite. Met nice people on the ride, the captain was great. No rowdies which made the trip a pleasure

2  Thank Ljbusch
Reviewed 13 June 2016

We walked around and watched the ice boats play... this was a real treat for these visitors from warmer, southern states!

Thank Brooke B
Reviewed 9 May 2016

I've been boating (sailing) on this lake for over 10 years. What constantly amazes me is that it never seems busy or overused.

1  Thank EHMadison
Reviewed 1 May 2016

Lake Mendota is a beautiful lake which the The University of Wisconsin is located on. The fishery of this lake is outstanding with almost all Wisconsin fish species being present. The lake is healthy fertile lake which goes through cycles as all good lakes do....More

1  Thank Charlie G
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m2ddemp
Is there any kind of excursion for visitors on Lake Mendota?
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
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Kathy S
Best place to stay for handicapped person on Lake Mendota?
12 June 2016|
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If I get there at around 6, where should I tell the cab driver to drop me off for a jog? I'd like to see the lake while jogging. Is it safe if I am alone? Also, is there a good place to grab a casual bite to eat afterwards? Will likely be sweaty. Also, can you paddleboard on the lake or kayak that late in the evening?
5 June 2016|
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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
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