Lakefront Homes in Dane County

"Lake, City, Lake."  The City of Madison's trademark perfectly reflects the geography of Dane County. Lakes Mendota, Monona, Waubesa, and Kegonsa, as well as a couple of smaller lakes, are all interconnected via the Yahara River in a watershed system called the Yahara Chain of Lakes. Often described as The City of Four Lakes, Madison and a number of communities situated on the chain of lakes throughout Dane County boast homes with lake frontage ranging from 50 to 300+ feet. For more information about real estate on Dane County's chain of lakes, lakefront lifestyles, and to browse listings by lake, scroll down or Click Here.

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This Rare, Classic Red Brick Georgian Colonial ...

Photo of Listing #1769584

$3,499,000 Active

  • 5 Beds
  • Baths
  • 0.46 Acres
  • 6,431 ft²

Single Family

57 Cambridge Rd, Maple Bluff, WI

MLS® #1769584

This Rare, Classic Red Brick Georgian Colonial Home Is A Truly Historic Looking Mansion With All The Hallmarks Of A Modern Luxury Home. Built In 2003 By Michael F Simon Builders, The Home Is One Of The Builder's Most Beautiful And Livable Custom Homes In Ma...

50 Feet Of Beautiful Capitol View Frontage On L...

Photo of Listing #1796759

$1,295,000 Offer-Show

  • 4 Beds
  • Baths
  • 0.26 Acres
  • 3,891 ft²

Single Family

4401 Winnequah Rd, Monona, WI

MLS® #1796759

50 Feet Of Beautiful Capitol View Frontage On Lake Monona. And If The View Wasn't Enough, The Home Overflows With Features And Beautiful Finishes. Your Guests Will Marvel At The 22 Foot Living Room Ceilings Full Of Windows And Exceptional Views Of The Water...

Live In Madison’s Most Spectacular Street On La...

REDUCED 2% Photo of Listing #1771786

$1,250,000 Active

  • 4 Beds
  • 3 Baths
  • 0.47 Acres
  • 3,563 ft²

Single Family

5010 Lake Mendota Dr, Madison, WI

MLS® #1771786

Live In Madison’s Most Spectacular Street On Lake Mendota, Just Adjacent To Shorewood Hills! Savor The Breathtaking Panoramic Lake Views From Sunrise To Sunset. Incredible Craftsman Style Home With A Lifestyle You’ve Always Dreamed Of! Walk Or Bike To Hil...

Custom-built Dream Home With 120 Feet Of Level ...

Photo of Listing #1769397

$1,199,000 Active

  • 6 Beds
  • Baths
  • 0.33 Acres
  • 7,198 ft²

Single Family

2898 Tomahawk Ct, Middleton, WI

MLS® #1769397

Custom-built Dream Home With 120 Feet Of Level Lake Mendota Frontage And Sweeping Lake Views! Permanent Hoist On Quiet Inlet. Home Has A Northwoods Feel With Hand-hewn Log Millwork Throughout The Home, From The Staircases To The Beams Upstairs. Stone Firepl...

Amazing Horse Property! Super High End Finishes...

Photo of Listing #1785459

$1,150,000 Active

  • 3 Beds
  • 4 Baths
  • 35.1 Acres
  • 4,031 ft²

Single Family

924 Hillside Rd, Albion, WI

MLS® #1785459

Amazing Horse Property! Super High End Finishes. Kitchen With Sub Zero, Gigantic Granite Island, Walk In Pantry, Wine Fridge, 2 Floor To Ceiling Fireplaces, Exposed Beams. Master W W/in Shower, Huge Closet Radiant Heated Tile Floors, 1000 Ft + Above Garage ...

Privacy In Shorewood Hills. Classic Lake Front...

Photo of Listing #1799632

$1,100,000 Active

  • 5 Beds
  • Baths
  • 0.33 Acres
  • 3,237 ft²

Single Family

3334 Lake Mendota Dr, Shorewood Hills, WI

MLS® #1799632

Privacy In Shorewood Hills. Classic Lake Front Home That Borders Shorewood Beach Giving You Privacy Not Found Often In Shorewood. The Location Here Can't Be Beat, Close To The University, Hospitals, Picnic Point, And The Revitalized Hilldale With All Its ...

Old World Charm Meets Modern Conveniences. This...

Photo of Listing #1799588

$999,900 Active

  • 5 Beds
  • Baths
  • 0.19 Acres
  • 4,500 ft²

Single Family

828 Prospect Pl, Madison, WI

MLS® #1799588

Old World Charm Meets Modern Conveniences. This 1910 Craftsman Style Has A Wood Burning Fireplace, Crown And Baseboard Moldings, Oak And Maple Hardwood Floors And Updated Kitchen With Stainless Steel Appliances. Most Rooms View Lake Mendota, & There’s Slid...

Showings Start 3/25. Wonderful Lake Waubesa Hom...

Photo of Listing #1798054

$999,900 Offer-Show

  • 4 Beds
  • Baths
  • 0.15 Acres
  • 4,156 ft²

Single Family

2889 Bible Camp Rd, Dunn, WI

MLS® #1798054

Showings Start 3/25. Wonderful Lake Waubesa Home W/boathouse & 75 Ft Of Frontage!bright Main Floor W/open Floor Plan,gas Fireplace & Tile Flrs Throughout. Kitchen Features Granite Counters,huge Island,tile Backsplash, & Ss Appl W/gas Cooktop.beautiful Lake ...

Beautiful Lake Mendota Home! 50 Feet Of Prime L...

NEW Photo of Listing #1799698

$989,000 Active

  • 5 Beds
  • 3 Baths
  • 0.23 Acres
  • 3,454 ft²

Single Family

5140 Reynolds Ave, Westport, WI

MLS® #1799698

Beautiful Lake Mendota Home! 50 Feet Of Prime Level Lake Mendota Frontage With Stunning Views Of The State Capitol In Waunakee School District! This 3454 Sq/ft 5-6 Bedroom 2-story Is In Excellent Condition & Has A 3 Car Garage! Stunning Panoramic Views Of T...

Treat Yourself To A Contemporary Yet Private La...

REDUCED 3% Photo of Listing #1794867

$975,000 Active

  • 5 Beds
  • 4 Baths
  • 0.28 Acres
  • 3,826 ft²

Single Family

2508 Waunona Way, Madison, WI

MLS® #1794867

Treat Yourself To A Contemporary Yet Private Lake Home With Capitol Views. Mature Oak Trees, Gardens, A Separate Lakeside Stone Fireplace In A Private Setting, Multiple Decks At Different Levels, And A Perfect Frontage Make This A Tranquil Retreat On The La...

Lake Kegonsa! Custom-designed By Architect & En...

Photo of Listing #1768823

$945,000 Active

  • 4 Beds
  • Baths
  • 0.2 Acres
  • 4,768 ft²

Single Family

2304 County Road Ab, Dunn, WI

MLS® #1768823

Lake Kegonsa! Custom-designed By Architect & Engineer, This 4 Bedroom Has 3 Finished Levels W/exceptional Lake Views & Breathtaking Sunrises. Features Include Marble & Granite Flooring On Main & Lower Levels, Cherry Cabinetry & Granite C-tops, 3 Gas Firepla...

Magnificent Lake Kegonsa Waterfront Home. Desig...

Photo of Listing #1797346

$899,900 Active

  • 5 Beds
  • Baths
  • 0.2 Acres
  • 4,541 ft²

Single Family

2242 County Road Ab, Dunn, WI

MLS® #1797346

Magnificent Lake Kegonsa Waterfront Home. Designed For Lake Living And Entertaining. Enjoy Spectacular Sunrises In Desirable Colladay Bay. Gourmet Kitchen Opens To 2 Large Living Areas Overlooking The Lake. 5 Bedrooms And 4.5 Baths, Including Master Suite W...

Huge Lot With Tons Of Water Frontage! Looking ...

Photo of Listing #1795305

$875,000 Active

  • 4 Beds
  • 1 Baths
  • 0.72 Acres
  • 1,700 ft²

Single Family

2947 Camp Leonard Rd, Dunn, WI

MLS® #1795305

Huge Lot With Tons Of Water Frontage! Looking To Live Lakeside? Then This Is It! Binoculars Are Not Needed To See The Water On This Property As You Will Have An Unbelievable 350’ Of Water Frontage That Is Only 22’ From The House! Enjoy The Serenity Of T...

Fantastic Opportunity To Live On Beautiful Lake...

Photo of Listing #1799176

$849,000 Active

  • 4 Beds
  • 2 Baths
  • 0.39 Acres
  • 2,189 ft²

Single Family

5454 Lake Mendota Dr, Madison, WI

MLS® #1799176

Fantastic Opportunity To Live On Beautiful Lake Mendota. 66 Ft Of Frontage. Level Lot. Great 4 Br, 2 Full Bath Home With Tons Of Windows. Large Lr/dr With Lovely Brick Fireplace And Door To Spacious Deck. Also Dramatic Second Story Deck For Phenomenal Views...

50 Ft Of Lake Waubesa Frontage! Custom Built 2 ...

REDUCED 2% Photo of Listing #1780338

$799,900 Active

  • 4 Beds
  • 4 Baths
  • 0.18 Acres
  • 3,959 ft²

Single Family

2944 Waubesa Ave, Dunn, WI

MLS® #1780338

50 Ft Of Lake Waubesa Frontage! Custom Built 2 Story W/spectacular Lake Views From Every Room. Mstr Suite W/private Deck, Large Laundry Rm W/cabinets Galore, & 2 Add'l Big Bedrs Makes Upstairs Spacious. Australian Cypress Flrs, Corian, Cherry Cabinets, 3 Se...

Gorgeous Lake Kegonsa Home With 66 Feet Of Fron...

Photo of Listing #1799225

$749,900 Active

  • 4 Beds
  • 4 Baths
  • 0.27 Acres
  • 3,100 ft²

Single Family

1928 Barber Dr, Dunn, WI

MLS® #1799225

Gorgeous Lake Kegonsa Home With 66 Feet Of Frontage On A Large, Level Lot! The Home Features A Completely Remodeled Chef's Kitchen With Center Island, Granite Counters, Cherry Cabinetry And Flooring, Walk-in Pantry And Stainless Appliances. All New Main Lev...

122 Feet Of Clear Frontage. Spacious Lake Home...

REDUCED 4% Photo of Listing #1781795

$749,900 Active

  • 4 Beds
  • Baths
  • 0.73 Acres
  • 3,767 ft²

Single Family

4102 Veith Ave, Madison, WI

MLS® #1781795

122 Feet Of Clear Frontage. Spacious Lake Home. Finished Lower Level Has Small Kitchen Area, Bedroom, Full Bath, And Huge Rec Room, Could Be A Nice Mother In Law Suite Or Area For Your College Student. Huge Deck On Back As Well As Screened Porch Area. U...

Enjoy Your Architect-designed, 3100+ S.f. Custo...

REDUCED 3% Photo of Listing #1788955

$749,900 Active

  • 5 Beds
  • Baths
  • 0.16 Acres
  • 3,181 ft²

Single Family

2194 Colladay Point Dr, Dunn, WI

MLS® #1788955

Enjoy Your Architect-designed, 3100+ S.f. Custom Lake Kegonsa Home, Plus Boathouse, W/ 70 Ft. Frontage On Calm Colladay Bay! Easy, Fast Access To W, E & Central Madison. Beautiful Landscaped, Shaded Lot. Vaulted Living & Dining Spaces With Woodburning Fp,...

Breathtaking Views Of Lake Mendota, Capitol & 5...

REDUCED 5% Photo of Listing #1752916

$735,000 Active

  • 3 Beds
  • Baths
  • 0.15 Acres
  • 2,544 ft²

Single Family

4862 Trantin Ct, Westport, WI

MLS® #1752916

Breathtaking Views Of Lake Mendota, Capitol & 50 Ft. Of Shoreline. Dramatic Floor-to-ceiling Windows In Living Rm Provide 180-degree View Of Lake. Open Floor Plan W/ Broad Window Exposure In Almost All Rooms. Natural Wood Floors, Sitting Area (or 3rd Bdrm) ...

Rare Opportunity! Imagine Opening Your Windows ...

Photo of Listing #1795571

$724,900 Offer-Show

  • 3 Beds
  • Baths
  • 0.3 Acres
  • 1,632 ft²

Single Family

5450 Lake Mendota Dr, Madison, WI

MLS® #1795571

Rare Opportunity! Imagine Opening Your Windows To The Sound Of Waves Or The Sight Of Birds Soaring Over The Lake!now You Can Make Your Dreams Come True.this Is Your Chance To Live On The Lake In Coveted Spring Harbor.whether Starting Fresh Or Remodeling, Th...

Spectacular Custom Built Home With 50 Feet Of F...

REDUCED 4% Photo of Listing #1782516

$724,900 Active

  • 4 Beds
  • Baths
  • 0.18 Acres
  • 2,695 ft²

Single Family

2940 Waubesa Ave, Dunn, WI

MLS® #1782516

Spectacular Custom Built Home With 50 Feet Of Frontage, Located One Block From Goodland Park, Set In The Peace And Tranquility Of Lake Waubesa. Spacious & Sunny Floor Plan With Tons Of Windows. New Kitchen And Master Bath (heated Floor Tile) And Entire Home...

The Views Are Endless From Atop The Bluff This ...

Photo of Listing #1794107

$699,900 Offer-Bump

  • 4 Beds
  • 3 Baths
  • 0.22 Acres
  • 3,065 ft²

Single Family

4204 Morris Park Rd, Dunn, WI

MLS® #1794107

The Views Are Endless From Atop The Bluff This Home Sits On! Recent Updates Include, Kitchen, Master Bath, Appliances, Flooring, Most Windows & Sliding Doors Facing The Lake. 1 Deck Overlooks The Lake While The Other Is In The Courtyard Where You Can Grill,...

Your Own Private Oasis On Lake Mendota Awaits Y...

NEW Photo of Listing #1800853

$655,000 Active

  • 4 Beds
  • 2 Baths
  • 0.53 Acres
  • 2,356 ft²

Single Family

4146 Veith Ave, Madison, WI

MLS® #1800853

Your Own Private Oasis On Lake Mendota Awaits You. With 61ft Of Lake Frontage On Just Over A .5 Acres, This Mid Century Ranch Feels Like A Secluded Wkd Getaway Everyday. Recent Updates Include Tiled Baths, Maple Cabinetry In The Kitchen, Ac And Gas Insert ...

Charming Colonial On The North Shore Of Lake Me...

Photo of Listing #1795514

$650,000 Active

  • 4 Beds
  • Baths
  • 0.37 Acres
  • 2,104 ft²

Single Family

1005 Woodward Dr, Madison, WI

MLS® #1795514

Charming Colonial On The North Shore Of Lake Mendota, 65 Feet Of Frontage With A Gradual Slope, Deep Lot With A 2 Car Detached Garage. This Home Is An Exceptional Value, Enjoy All That Lake Living Has To Offer, Bike To Governors Island Or Maple Bluff Count...

Yahara Chain of Lakes: A Brief History

During the last Ice Age that took place approximately 15,000 years ago, the last of four large glaciers originating in Canada blanketed much of Wisconsin, sliding over what geologists believe were ancient river and valley park lands, creating a wide terminal moraine a few miles south of Lake Kegonsa. As the glacier melted it carried massive amounts of sand, rocks, and sediment into the old river valley, partially filling it. The melting ice also dropped huge loads of glacial rock and debris on the park lands. The old valley, now dammed in areas by glacial debris, is now home to Madison’s famous “Four Lakes”: Lakes Mendota, Monona, Waubesa and Kegonsa. The chain of beautiful lakes that resulted was formed on top of the glacial debris that buried the ancient valley floor. Present-day Yahara River serves to connect all four lakes.

Lakefront Home Styles in Dane County

 Thinking of buying or building of one of Dane County's lakes? Be prepared to tear down a small cottage or, if you're lucky, you might find something that can be renovated, restored or added onto. The closer you buy to the capitol the more you'll pay of course. And most likely you'll be looking at building a 2 or 3-story home since lots are often narrow and there are strict setback and zoning laws that prohibit homeowners from blocking the lake views of their adjoining neighbors. When building new you can choose from a wide variety of architectural styles of course, however some styles work better than others for maximizing outdoor spaces such as a deck off a Master bedroom or main floor, or a patio off a walk-out basement. If you have a long narrow lot you might consider a detached 3 or 4 car garage where you can store your boat in the off season rather than pay to have it dry docked. Older homes more typically have partial basements or crawl spaces with varying degrees of accessibility. Living on the lake is not particularly conducive to a dry basement so when building new, you'll want to consider eliminating basement crawl spaces and relocating your storage to above a garage, or in a spare room along a hallway on a high floor. Leave room for an oversized mudroom with shower facilities as you and your guests will be frequently in and out of the lake and may easily drag dirt, sand, or lake water into the house if you're not careful.

Lake Living & Lifestyles

Be prepared to put up with bugs when you buy a home on a lake. It's true, you'll encounter a lot more bugs due to the proximity of the water but that's just a reality of living on a lake. More importantly, whether you decide to make your Dane County lake home your permanent full-time residence or to take up residence in warmer climes in wintertime, you'll have regular access to gorgeous sunrises and sunsets that will make you forget all about inconveniences like bugs or pulling up your pier at the end of the season. Whether you want to spend your free time boating, sailing, water skiing, fishing, birdwatching, canoeing, kayaking, ice skating, ice fishing, snowshoeing, cross country skiing, or sipping cocktails on your patio or pier, we've got a lake and a lakefront home to fit your lifestyle! If a lakefront home is not for you, check out our lakefront condos page.

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