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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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Lake Mendota in Madison, Wisconsin is a great place. A very big lake and it is nice to spend evenings here.

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 18, 2015
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Bangalore
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24 reviews 24 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015

Lake Mendota in Madison, Wisconsin is a great place. A very big lake and it is nice to spend evenings here.

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London, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2015

I don't think that we have been to a spot like this ever before (perhaps we should get out more?). The setting is amazing with a beautiful view of the lake. There is a multilevel deck where you can relax and have a beer and food .. there are a number of choices as to type of food and drink... More 

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Madison, Wisconsin
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

In the Madison area, this is a must. Make a day trip down to Lake Mendota, walk the path, go to the UW Madison Memorial Union. Many locations to stop and take in the views. Walk to Picnic Point and enjoy a calm walk. A gem for the UW campus and Madison.

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Boca Raton, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2015

This is an excellent lake for boating, whether by sail or by motor, or even by paddle. The fishing is good too, I understand. This is a scenic lake for just strolling along the shoreline.

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015

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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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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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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37 helpful votes 37 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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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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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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