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Lake Mendota

Madison, WI
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Ranked #19 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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Findlay, Ohio
5 reviews 5 reviews
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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Houston, Texas
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

Really nice lakeside path by the UW campus for strolling or jogging. The views, especially on Picnic Point, are terrific. Free weekend parking at Picnic Point. The path hasn't changed much since we were there 50 years ago. We used to rent canoes near the student union (looks like you can rent kayaks now?), Brought back great memories when walked... More

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Leesville, South Carolina
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131 reviews 131 reviews
21 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

we walked the lake shore path at the university of WI all the way to Picnic Point. The terrace is a great place to view the lake. I saw one bridge on the path where it indicated you can fish.

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Denver, Colorado
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28 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2013

The lake is right next to the student housing and there is a running and biking path that goes for miles around the lake. I had a few extra hours on a recent business trip and took advantage of a beautiful fall day to run on the path. The UW students are pretty lucky!

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21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2013

Lakeshore path remains the same as it did 20 years ago. Thank you for taking such good care of it! Fun to bike down to picnic point. Check out some of the new dorms!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2013

Spending an evening strolling along the waters edge, taking in a beautiful sunset, is a great way to cap off a day of sightseeing and shopping while visiting Madison, and all it has to offer. I highly recommend this too all who are considering a trip to Mad City....

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2013

While we were checking out the campus, we decided to walk off our ice cream from the Babcock Hall Dairy Store. It was a beautiful day on the great trail.

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Janesville, Wisconsin
14 reviews 14 reviews
10 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2013 via mobile

This is a beautiful lake in Madison perfect for watching sunsets, boating, and fishing. This lake is a bit more choppier than Monnona but is also quite a bit bigger too. Overall a must when in Madison.

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Evansville, Wisconsin
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2013

I work close to the lake on the UW Campus and it's always great to be able to stop over. I've enjoyed boat tours of the lake and most recently had stopped at Governor Nelson State Park to view the lake. Another favorite is to hike out on Picnic Point and view the campus skyline and downtown Madison.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2013

My wife and I walked around Lake Mendota while visiting Madison. There is a walking & jogging path that is close to the water. The lake is much larger than we expected and there were lots of boats in the water. We were told that fishing here is excellent. Spending time around Lake Mendota is a nice way to relax.

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