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Address: Madison, WI
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Ideal for boating in the summer, and ice skating or ice fishing in winter.

Ideal for boating in the summer, and ice skating or ice fishing in winter.

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Very lovely lake

We happened to be there as the Supermoon was rising and the sun was setting. So beautiful there, a great place to walk, run, ride a bike.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
MurJD
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Grand Rapids, Michigan, United States
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Grand Rapids, Michigan, United States
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175 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We happened to be there as the Supermoon was rising and the sun was setting. So beautiful there, a great place to walk, run, ride a bike.

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Scottsdale, Arizona
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 91 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 26, 2016

This is my favorite of the 4 lakes that are located in the Madison area. The UW is situated along the shore, making all water sports available to the community of students and faculty. Sunrises and sunsets are gorgeous, Of course the Lake is best during the spring, summer and fall seasons.

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Atlanta, Georgia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 122 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 20, 2016 via mobile

We took the opportunity to spend time walking around the lake. It was amazing how clean the entire area was where we walked. The late afternoon views were beautiful. A great place to go and enjoy nature

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Madison, Wisconsin
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 17, 2016

It is view to behold if you are at the lake when the sun sets. The area is nice and you will always find people walking, bicycling and having fun. It is a great place for a walk or for meeting someone.

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Chicago, Illinois
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34 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 19, 2016

Lake Mendota is beautiful, and behaves as a large lake, not a small one. Although choppy and windy the day I visited (September 2016), it was a great treat to sit on a small dock off the University's Union Terrace and take in the boaters, ducks and people watching.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 19, 2016

Madison is located between the two lakes; Lake Mendota and Lake Monona. Lake Mendota covers the vast area of Madison Metro area. However, the good spots to enjoy the lake view and lake front is downtown Madison and along trail in University of Wisconsin. The Lake has many parks and trails for bikers and joggers. Memorial Union of the University... More 

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Bayport, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 12, 2016

We attended a wedding at a residence overlooking the lake. It was such a great setting;especially at sunset. There was lots to do on the lake as we watched the participants.There were beautiful houses that dotted the landscape.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 11, 2016

Picturesque vista in downtown Madison. Find a place (Edgewater Hotel, Memorial Union, etc) to relax and enjoy a beer, or an ice cream.

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Madison, Wisconsin
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 4, 2016

Out of the many lakes in Madison, this is one of the good ones. It is nice to walk around or sit and eat and talk or read a book :) I like it.

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Palm Springs, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 27, 2016

There is a long sidewalk trail along the river. It is a really good stroll for a sunny day or you can rent a kayak or sailboat to see another view.

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