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Gorgeous view and sunsets

During the clear days, one can watch the sailboats, and then stay for the sunsets, which are... read more

Reviewed 6 July 2017
Barbara S
Local Asset

Peaceful, fun, calming... Lake Mendota is MADISON! No one should ever come to Madison and not see... read more

Reviewed 30 June 2017
Madison, Wisconsin
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Ideal for boating in the summer, and ice skating or ice fishing in winter.
  • Excellent61%
  • Very good29%
  • Average7%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible2%
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Reviewed 6 July 2017

During the clear days, one can watch the sailboats, and then stay for the sunsets, which are spectacular.

Thank Barbara S
Reviewed 30 June 2017

Peaceful, fun, calming... Lake Mendota is MADISON! No one should ever come to Madison and not see Lake Mendota. What's not to love?!?!

Thank C K
Reviewed 14 June 2017

Beautiful Lake with Kayaks, Canoe's, Sailboats, Paddle boards available for rent. Running paths around the lake.

Thank LilDaddy
Reviewed 25 May 2017

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

Thank gary c
Reviewed 23 May 2017 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).

1  Thank Casey Y
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.

2  Thank PMcBride3
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
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
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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