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Lake Mendota, Madison

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Lake Mendota is located in Madison. By using our Madison family vacation planner, you can arrange your visit to Lake Mendota and other attractions in Madison.
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  • 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 ce...  more »
  • 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.  more »
  • 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 ...  more »

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The university and state politics draw a constant stream of visitors to Madison, so you'll find a wide range of accommodations in the city. Numerous hotels circle the campus, and some of these overlook Lake Mendota. Moving onto the isthmus between Lake Mendota and Lake Monona, you'll find a handful of charming inns and bed and breakfasts, most of which offer panoramic views of the water. Areas south of Lake Monona feature national chain hotels and motels. These sit farther away from the action around campus and the State Capitol Building, but they can also offer water views and quiet settings near some of Madison's many parks.
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