Canoeing on beautiful Lake Monona in the summer

There’s no better way to cool off on a hot summer day in Madison, Wisconsin than heading to one of our beautiful lakes. The cool water and breezes are absolutely divine and the views are even better. If you’re looking to beat the heat, these are some of the top things to do at Lake Mendota, Lake Monona, Lake Kegonsa and Lake Waubesa.

Go on a Boating Adventure

Madison’s lakes offer plenty of opportunities for boating, from sailing to kayaking, canoeing and speed boating. If you don’t have your own boat, Madison Boats has three locations where you can rent a variety of boats including pontoons, fishing boats, kayaks and stand up paddle boards. Capitol Boats is the place to go for speed boat rentals and captained charters.

Cast a Line And See What You Can Catch

Fishing is popular year-round in Madison thanks to the abundance of bass, pike, panfish and walleyes in the lakes. There are several spots where you can fish from the shore and piers including James Madison Park on Lake Mendota, Brittingham Park on Lake Monona, and Fish Camp County Park on Lake Kegonsa. Keep in mind that everyone over the age of 16 will need a fishing license.

Practice Your Backstroke

Each of the lakes around Madison have clean, cool water that is perfect for swimming. The most popular swimming beach is Tenney Park Beach on Lake Mendota. Here you’ll find lifeguards, swim ropes and picnic tables. B.B. Clarke Beach is another great spot with lifeguards and swim ropes. If you’re looking for less crowds, try the public beach on Lake Waubesa.

Sit Back and Relax on a Cruise 

If you prefer your lake activities to be a little more low-key, a cruise is the way to go. Betty Lou Cruises offers day and night cruises aboard beautiful yachts with full facilities and food service. Relax on the deck with a cold drink in hand as you explore miles of shoreline with incredible views all around. The Paddle Pub offers a more boozy experience with party pontoon boats that are pedal powered.

Watch the Mad-City Ski Team in Action

The Mad-City Ski Team is a unique group of volunteers who put on thrilling water skiing shows on Lake Monona every Sunday from Memorial Day to Labor Day. Stop by Law Park next to Monona Terrace on a Sunday evening to see them put on lively performances that include human pyramids, jumps, swivels, synchronized routines and more. 

Sample Local Bites Next to the Water

Nothing says summertime in Madison like sitting on a patio by the water sipping cold drinks and sampling local fare. The Boathouse at the Edgewater sits on the shores of Lake Mendota and offers delicious local dishes and free docking at the pier all day. Sardine is renowned for its tasty bistro dishes and Lake Monona views. Christy’s Landing is a casual spot right on the shores of Lake Waubesa.

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