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Lake Mendota

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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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Sunsets make it worth the drive

Lake Mendota, located near Madison's downtown is a picturesque place to go. On the day I viewed it, the sun was going down and an audience, largely made up of University of... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
Wade K
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Indianapolis, Indiana
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Indianapolis, Indiana
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Lake Mendota, located near Madison's downtown is a picturesque place to go. On the day I viewed it, the sun was going down and an audience, largely made up of University of Wisconsin co-eds was there to just enjoy it. It made it a communal experience the sun's rays intermingling with the various water craft, all getting a front row... More 

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Middleton, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I love to go anywhere to just sit on a pier and listen to the water slapping against the dock. The sight of sails, boats, kayaks when the lake is not real crowded is wonderful. One of the best places to see it from is the Union Terrace or the Edgewater. Even Captain Bill's is nice from the outside.

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Chicago, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

We went on a pontoon boat owned by family on a windy Chilly August morning. It was very nice. Pleasant ride across the lake from locks connecting Lake Monona. From the middle one can view U of Wisconsin Campus. Medical Complex. And capital building. Ride taking us around the lake brought us to view large estates, governors mansion and the... More 

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West Grove, Pennsylvania, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I needed a place to feel calm and gain inner peace. I say with the ducks at the water's edge and found it. Beautiful place to just relax and not have to think.

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Thank Ja9PA
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We really enjoyed taking our boat on the lake, it huge, and plenty of room to drive around. Had a fun day, lots of launch ramps, and fishing. i really like the locks, and the canals are peaceful to cruise through

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Take advantage of benches located along Lake Mendota's perimeter. I found a bench near Menona Terrace to enjoy lunch and it was very peaceful - nice escape from a busy schedule. Ducks greeted me nearby and hung out along the shorelines. The crappie fishing must be excellent as multiple folks fishing along shoreline - watched people continuously pull up fish.... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Good view of the capital & downtown from the northern shore (Atwood St) and a nice place to walk and relax across from Olbrich Gardens

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Fair Lawn, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Lake Mendota is quite large. One way to see the lake is by visiting the Memorial Union Terrace on the campus of University of Wisconsin. If you appreciate contemporary and modern art, don't miss the FREE Chazen Museum of Art, just 2 blocks away. Indoor parking lot entrance on Lake Street brings you close to both these attractions.

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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2016

We walked along the lake by the campus. Very beautiful scenes. Not at all crowded. Nice for sunset, too.

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Beloit, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2016

We did the lunch boat ride - was nice. The clam chowder soup was to die for.. That was my favorite. Met nice people on the ride, the captain was great. No rowdies which made the trip a pleasure

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