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Address: Madison, WI
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Activities: Fishing
Description: Ideal for boating in the summer, and ice skating or ice fishing in winter.

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Beautiful Mendota Lake

Beautiful place, awesome crowd! Loved the place, the sunset view from the lake is just awesome. You can take a nice slow walk, bike along the lake or just take your boat and sail... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 16, 2015
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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

Beautiful place, awesome crowd! Loved the place, the sunset view from the lake is just awesome. You can take a nice slow walk, bike along the lake or just take your boat and sail along, anything you do is just memorable.

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Fall River, Wisconsin
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

Took my pontoon out for the first time on this lake. It was a Wednesday and only a few boats were on the water. We cruised the shoreline and looked at some of Madison's nicest homes. The lake was calm. The sun shining. It's a fairly large lake. It was easy to launch from Governor Nelson State Park. The park... More 

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Wisconsin
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2015

Lake Mendota - seems like it will be great, hmm? Actually, the water is green and full of algae. Walking past, it smelled like an animal had died in that water. I would never swim in it. Madison needs to start cleaning up it's lakes.

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Atlanta, Georgia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 100 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

I visit this lake each time I am in Madison. They have wonderful walking, jogging and biking trails around this lake. Its easy to navigate and I have always felt very safe regardless of the time of day.

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Madison, Wisconsin
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

There are great efforts underway in Madison to maintain the lakes, and they are needed. Comparing Madison to other metropolitan areas with lakes, Lake Mendota is under-developed. There have been times we've walked along the lake and found literally scores of dead fish floating along the shore. The lake is naturally beautiful and many people boat on it; it has... More 

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Madison, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

You can rent a boat at Skipper Bud's, get out on the water, and enjoy pulling up to the new dock at the Edgewater Hotel and enjoy music, and shrimp on the deck with drinks. You can eat near Skipper Bud's at the Mariner's Inn, or the Nautigal. Or their sister restaurant in Middleton Captain Bill's. Lake Mendota has great... More 

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Middleton, Wisconsin
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015

Almost every weekend we take time to boat on Lake Mendota. We usually put in near Marsall Park. From the lake you can boat to Captain Bills, Nautigals, and other restaurants. You can see the union and dock there to go in for Ice Cream. If you go down the Yahara, you can order pizza and have it delivered to... More 

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Madison, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

I've been sailing on this lake for more than 40 years, and it never fails to be worth the time spent on it ... or looking at it.

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Oconomowoc, Wi
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015

When wealth and prestige were very visual. Many of the homes are huge and pretentious, but it's valuable to see that craftsmanship preserved.

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York, Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 83 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2015

One of the top thing in Madison. Borders the university campus and is a center for water sport , hiking, biking, jogging. Really the heart of the town with good eating and drinking. When in Madison, start here as a visitor. Was there many times in our three day stay.

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Address: Madison, WI
Location: United States  >  Wisconsin (WI)  >  Madison

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