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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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Great place to fish. Also, Excellant Ice Fishing in Winter

I always have a catch going to Lake Mendota. I mainly try for pan fish here. When I 'am done I hit the local restaurants.

4 of 5 starsReviewed January 27, 2015
JDawan
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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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22 reviews 22 reviews
7 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015 NEW

I always have a catch going to Lake Mendota. I mainly try for pan fish here. When I 'am done I hit the local restaurants.

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Hsinchu County, Taiwan
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41 reviews 41 reviews
37 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2014

Students of U of W are so lucky to have a beautiful lake nearby. A nice stroll along the shore has been my favorite when visiting the campus. In summer, it is pretty active there with yachts and boats, and at the desk with some performance. In winter, it is calm and quiet, giving the best scenery when it comes... More 

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Virginia
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97 reviews 97 reviews
34 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014

There's the university rowing house & there are lots of people on & around the lake, boating, biking, roller-blading, strolling. lovely.

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Madison, Wisconsin
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78 reviews 78 reviews
36 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 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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71 reviews 71 reviews
21 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 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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129 reviews 129 reviews
27 attraction reviews
82 helpful votes 82 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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5 reviews 5 reviews
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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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84 reviews 84 reviews
15 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 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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95 reviews 95 reviews
22 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 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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58 reviews 58 reviews
9 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 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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