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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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Very pretty (during the summer)

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

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
mikel12323
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Houston, Texas
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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

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 4 weeks ago

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2016

We walked around and watched the ice boats play... this was a real treat for these visitors from warmer, southern states!

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Madison WI
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2016

I've been boating (sailing) on this lake for over 10 years. What constantly amazes me is that it never seems busy or overused.

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Madison, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2016

Lake Mendota is a beautiful lake which the The University of Wisconsin is located on. The fishery of this lake is outstanding with almost all Wisconsin fish species being present. The lake is healthy fertile lake which goes through cycles as all good lakes do. It is a great lake to visit and spend time on

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Toronto, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2016

Rent a bike (B-Cycle) and follow the path around the lake to the university campus. It's a nice ride.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2016

I was back at a tour of UW, my alma mater, which hugs Lake Mendota. It was a brilliant blue and cleaning looking. In the past I've also seen this whole lake frozen over. It's a great lake to look at and to go out on.

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Madison, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2016

I have been walking this path for years. They keep it cleared in the winter, so there is hardly ever a time where you cannot use the path. It is beautiful - the trees, flowers, view of the lake. You can do short parts of it, if you don't have a lot of time, or follow the whole way. If... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2016

The terrace in the Memorial Student Union is a great place to hang out, eat, and hear live music (in the summer) but if you want to hike, take the trail that leads you to Picnic Point!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2016

Great place to bring up the boat and spend time with family. You can see so many honors otters and fish and ducks

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