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Summer algae

Seeing the University of Wisconsin Campus and the State Capitol dome from a cruise on Lake Mendota... read more

Reviewed 10 November 2017
Sheldon S
Lake Mendota -- and the Edgewater Hotel

If you can stay at the Edgewater Hotel and get a room with a view I highly recommend it. The lake... read more

Reviewed 8 November 2017
Ailee M
Superior, United States
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Ideal for boating in the summer, and ice skating or ice fishing in winter.
  • Excellent61%
  • Very good29%
  • Average7%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible2%
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“memorial union” (10 reviews)
“water craft” (2 reviews)
Madison, WI
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Reviewed 10 November 2017

Seeing the University of Wisconsin Campus and the State Capitol dome from a cruise on Lake Mendota is interesting. It is a good lake for sailing. However, the algae that develops from mid June through August is terrible; discourages getting into the water.

Thank Sheldon S
Reviewed 8 November 2017

If you can stay at the Edgewater Hotel and get a room with a view I highly recommend it. The lake is stunning and the view very beautiful.

Thank Ailee M
Reviewed 22 September 2017 via mobile

We spent a morning at James Madison Park which is right on the lake. There were picnic tables and benches. There was not much shade but it was still cool out. Located close to downtown.

Thank Climb14ers
Reviewed 19 September 2017

Grab a beer and sit by the lake on a summers day. Lots of water activities on the Lake as well. Highly recommend.

1  Thank worldtraveler0632
Reviewed 16 August 2017

We have boated on this lake dozens of times and we hear it's great fishing as well. We please boat with family and friends and it's an incredible way to spend a summer day.

Thank rockydogz1
Reviewed 9 August 2017

Went kayaking on the lake with my girlfriend starting at Brittingham. It's a great lake, small waves, good view, very large. It's a good way to find quiet right next to the city. Very nice for kayaking.

Thank Nate W
Reviewed 4 August 2017

This is a beautiful lake and great for walking around, jogging, biking or just a great place to sit and read a book!!

Thank seasideljs
Reviewed 18 July 2017

Wow. Any time of year, Lake Mendota takes my breath away. On sunny days, during sunsets, when it's frozen and people are skating, when youth camps parade sailboats along the shoreline: Lake Mendota ceases to amaze me. It's not huge like the Great Lakes but...More

Thank Cameron R
Reviewed 12 July 2017

Lake Mendota is a fair size lake, but not so large that one can not see the entire shoreline. One can walk from Lake Mendota to Lake Monona in less than 1/2 hr.

Thank Betty T
Reviewed 10 July 2017 via mobile

Living in southern Wisconsin most of my childhood, we were always told not to swim in lakes around Madison. There is algae all around and when close, you can see the waters filth. The only thing that is giving this review the three stars it...More

1  Thank Elizabeth_Bianca_SI
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22 August 2016|
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Response from EHMadison | Reviewed this property |
There are pontoon rides and perhaps even rentals available through MSCR (Madison School and Community Recreation). "Drop in" rides are $6. It's about a 90 min ride. Beautiful way to see the lake.For more info, do a web... More
6 June 2016|
Response from Mike R | Reviewed this property |
The best place to be dropped off would be the Memorial Union on the UW campus which is under major renovation but I believe they still rent boats and paddle boards there but you may have to be a student or faculty member. A... More