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“Great place to watch a sunset!”
Review of Lake Mendota

Ranked #15 of 104 things to do in Madison
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Ideal for boating in the summer, and ice skating or ice fishing in winter.
Reviewed 18 May 2013

I took a drive out towards the water while I was in Madison & ended up at Lake Mendota just in time to take pictures of the sun setting over the lake....just gorgeous! It also looked like a great area for hiking, jogging, walking, or for some peace & solitude. The parking was convenient & there's a walking/jogging path that you can follow down closer to the water.

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Reviewed 14 March 2013

Grab a pitcher of beer or enjoy some Babcock ice cream from the Memorial Union while you sit outside by the lake, listening to free concerts. Or go tanning on the pier or boating out in the lake. Or jogging down the lakeshore path to picnic point (a very scenic spot). You can do all these activities and more during the summer by Lake Mendota. In the winter, bring your shanty and sit out on the frozen lake to do some ice fishing. Regardless of what you do, Lake Mendota is a beautiful lake that caters to all.

1  Thank Vanessa Y
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Reviewed 3 February 2013

I watched this lake for over 20 years going through its life cycle and freze and thaws. It's beautiful or ugly at times. Definitely a great lake and location hugging the isthmus of Madison. I liked it best when they cleaned it up about 10 years ago. Then they let the fertilizers come on back and "grow the green". They say it's the Farmers,I say it's the homeowners with their pristine pollution causing yards, and yard service companies. I will always love it no matter what, it's big and bold, and a great place to sail and fish.

1  Thank muskie999
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Reviewed 23 January 2013

All four of the lakes in Madison are beautiful but I think Lake Mendota is my favorite because it's the biggest and and the banks include downtown Madison, protective natural parks, the UW Madison and hotels and restaurants.

2  Thank Virginia M
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Reviewed 21 November 2012

Enjoy a beautiful summer afternoon at the Terrace behind the Memorial Union. Grab a pitcher, a brat and some popcorn, watch the people & the boats, and just enjoy summer.

2  Thank Blake R
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