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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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Really beautiful!

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Langtry1
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Chicago, Illinois
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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

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 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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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Thank Craig B
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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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Indianapolis, Indiana
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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 weeks ago

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 August 22, 2016 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 August 18, 2016 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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