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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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Brighton, Michigan
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28 reviews 28 reviews
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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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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
2 helpful votes 2 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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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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37 helpful votes 37 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
29 helpful votes 29 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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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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