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Lake Mendota

Madison, WI
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Ranked #20 of 52 Attractions in Madison
Type: Bodies of Water
Activities: Fishing
Description: Ideal for boating in the summer, and ice skating or ice fishing in winter.
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Madison, Wisconsin
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77 reviews 77 reviews
36 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

Nice deep lake. It is large enough to handle a lots of boaters and not be crowded. Lots of sail boats, fast boats, and the fishing is good too. Nice beach by picnic point with restrooms.

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Waukesha, Wisconsin
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60 reviews 60 reviews
19 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014

Mendota is a beautiful day-sailing destination and its pretty easy in/out at Gov. Nelson depending on the wind. Not so easy if there's a stiff southerly coming across the bay. But its a nice open lake with interesting shorelines.

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Madison, Wisconsin
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104 reviews 104 reviews
17 attraction reviews
67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

We recently took our grand kids tubing on the lake. They loved it. We took them on a weekday afternoon and the lake was not busy. We put the boat in at Governor Nelson State Park on the north side of the lake without any problems. There are several restaurants on the lake that are boat accessible. This is really... More

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Madison, Wisconsin
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3 attraction reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

Madison does itself a dishonor by not taking greater advantage of it's beautiful lakes. They could be a far better tourism asset than they are. Limited restaurants on the lake, limited boat rentals. So many other Midwestern cities do a better job.

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Charleston, South Carolina
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75 reviews 75 reviews
13 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

The weather was beautiful. The water was clear and delightful. The lake is huge, so it wasn't crowded with boats. It was a lovely day to spend a summer day.

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Madison, Wisconsin
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50 reviews 50 reviews
20 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Lake Mendota is a nice sized lake for whatever you want to do on the water....sailing, fishing, canoeing, kayaking, paddle boarding, etc.

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Brighton, Michigan
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47 reviews 47 reviews
9 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

Nice large lake, plenty of room for skiing, etc (if the water is not too rough). Fantastic view of Madison and the university.

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Madison
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136 reviews 136 reviews
37 attraction reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

Watching the sun set along Lake Mendota is a treat, especially from great vantage points such as the Union Terrace, Observatory Drive, or Tenney Park. The lake itself, however, gets progressively more gross as the summer carries on with all sorts of algae and other things growing. Certain places, like the little beach on Picnic Point, can be nice most... More

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Madison, Wisconsin
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

beautiful lake with 25 mile circumference. Great sailing, power boating, views. Not so great for swimming due to agricultural runoff which they are in the process of trying to control with biodigesters, no phosphorus in fertilizers, etc. University of Wisconsin built all along the lakeshore with Memorial Union Terrace a classic spot to relax, view the scenic sailboats, listen to... More

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Findlay, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

The lake was great. Watching people in sailboats and others just taking in the views . It was a beautiful way to enjoy the evenings.

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