Lake Mendota

Watch movies like On Golden Pond, Great Outdoors, & Indian Summer, and you'll understand what the appeal of living on a lake such as Lake Mendota is all about. Whether you're interested in fishing, swimming, boating, canoeing, waterskiing, or sipping coffee as the resident loons swim by and the morning fog rises off the lake, Madison lakeshore real estate offers something for everyone. Take a look at the Lake Mendota real estate listings that are currently available or click here to learn more about Lake Mendota and the top Madison destination for luxury lakefront homes.

Wind surfing on Lake Mendota

Lake Mendota Real Estate Statistics

Average Price $586K
Lowest Price $18.5K
Highest Price $7.5M
Total Listings 314
Avg. Days On Market 220
Avg. Price/SQFT $333

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560 Wisconsin Dells Parkway, Lake Delton

$7,500,000

560 Wisconsin Dells Parkway, Lake Delton

0 Beds 0 Baths 0 SqFt Lots & Acreage MLS® # 1901044
1929 Ac W Douglas Road, Avon

$6,100,000

1929 Ac W Douglas Road, Avon

0 Beds 0 Baths 0 SqFt Lots & Acreage MLS® # 1953453
95 Acres Highway 13, Springville

$4,945,000

↓ $10,000

95 Acres Highway 13, Springville

0 Beds 0 Baths 0 SqFt Lots & Acreage MLS® # 1945902
356 Forest Avenue, Green Lake

$4,679,000

356 Forest Avenue, Green Lake

5 Beds 3.5 Baths 4,262 SqFt Single Family MLS® # 1966516
W3196 County Road K, Green Lake

$4,490,000

W3196 County Road K, Green Lake

8 Beds 5.5 Baths 7,723 SqFt Single Family MLS® # 389480
L1-2 County Road A, Brooklyn

$4,000,000

L1-2 County Road A, Brooklyn

0 Beds 0 Baths 0 SqFt Lots & Acreage MLS® # 1959040
Lot 3 Meiklejohn Drive, Empire

$3,750,000

Lot 3 Meiklejohn Drive, Empire

0 Beds 0 Baths 0 SqFt Lots & Acreage MLS® # 1962630
5404 Lake Mendota Drive, Madison

$3,725,000

↓ $50,000

5404 Lake Mendota Drive, Madison

5 Beds 5.5 Baths 6,113 SqFt Single Family MLS® # 1934832
E12311 County Road W, Greenfield

$2,999,900

↓ $200,100

E12311 County Road W, Greenfield

4 Beds 5.5 Baths 6,724 SqFt Single Family MLS® # 1953496
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W1250 Spring Grove Road, Green Lake

$2,649,000

W1250 Spring Grove Road, Green Lake

5 Beds 4 Baths 3,256 SqFt Single Family MLS® # 1971405
4146 Veith Avenue, Madison

$2,485,000

↑ $7,223

4146 Veith Avenue, Madison

3 Beds 4 Baths 4,988 SqFt Single Family MLS® # 1946226
162 Ac Fritz Road, Montrose

$2,440,000

162 Ac Fritz Road, Montrose

0 Beds 0 Baths 0 SqFt Lots & Acreage MLS® # 1969486
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N5036 St Helena Road, Oak Grove

$2,400,000

N5036 St Helena Road, Oak Grove

4 Beds 3.5 Baths 4,393 SqFt Single Family MLS® # 1971585
3703 Highway 13, Dell Prairie

$2,330,000

3703 Highway 13, Dell Prairie

0 Beds 0 Baths 0 SqFt Lots & Acreage MLS® # 1955448
W1192 Spring Grove Road, Green Lake

$2,299,000

W1192 Spring Grove Road, Green Lake

4 Beds 2.5 Baths 3,358 SqFt Single Family MLS® # 1969003
25994 Arnell Drive, Richland

$2,150,000

↓ $200,000

25994 Arnell Drive, Richland

0 Beds 0 Baths 0 SqFt Lots & Acreage MLS® # 1963301
W1546 Sandstone Avenue, Green Lake

$1,999,000

W1546 Sandstone Avenue, Green Lake

2 Beds 1.5 Baths 1,744 SqFt Single Family MLS® # 1969302
W1450 Spring Grove Road, Green Lake

$1,999,000

↓ $100,000

W1450 Spring Grove Road, Green Lake

4 Beds 3.5 Baths 4,306 SqFt Single Family MLS® # 1965883
W10642 Becker Road, Dekorra

$1,949,000

W10642 Becker Road, Dekorra

5 Beds 3.5 Baths 3,595 SqFt Single Family MLS® # 1964095
S9152 Dam Heights Road, Prairie Du Sac

$1,899,000

↓ $50,000

S9152 Dam Heights Road, Prairie Du Sac

4 Beds 4 Baths 3,513 SqFt Single Family MLS® # 1963057
W3044 Longview Lane, Green Lake

$1,849,000

↓ $50,000

W3044 Longview Lane, Green Lake

3 Beds 2 Baths 2,142 SqFt Single Family MLS® # 1962204
125 Lu Foster Lane, Merrimac

$1,750,000

↓ $50,000

125 Lu Foster Lane, Merrimac

3 Beds 2.5 Baths 4,167 SqFt Single Family MLS® # 1959674
N6619 18th Avenue, Shields

$1,700,000

N6619 18th Avenue, Shields

5 Beds 2 Baths 1,523 SqFt Single Family MLS® # 1968049
2845 Crestwood Drive, Crescent

$1,700,000

2845 Crestwood Drive, Crescent

5 Beds 5.5 Baths 8,200 SqFt Single Family MLS® # 1962738

Lake Mendota Homes For Sale

Homes on Lake Mendota range from modest one-story ranches to spectacular multiple level, multi-million dollar homes complete with elevators and extensive parking and storage for your all your toys. As more and more of the older homes on Lake Mendota are torn down and replaced with new homes, prices on Lake Mendota have soared, especially in Madison, Shorewood Hills, and Middleton.

Homes located on Lake Mendota in Maple Bluff tend to be larger and more worthy of restoring but some have nonetheless been torn down and replaced as well, resulting in some of the areas most incredible lakefront homes and estates. Maple Bluff is where you'll typically find the largest Lake Mendota lots, although there are still some wonderful opportunities on the north side of Lake Mendota in nearby Westport.

Luxury homes on Lake Mendota offer incredible views of the water and direct access to the lake. Common features include huge windows and patios to make the most of the waterfront location, gourmet kitchens, fireplaces, boat docks and boat houses. Higher end homes also have ample room to spread out in spacious suites, theater rooms, games rooms and home offices.

In addition to wonderful vintage gems and modern showcase homes on Lake Mendota, you'll also find both old and new Lake Mendota condos for sale in and around the Madison area. Condos are a great option for those who want to live a modern, low-maintenance lifestyle.

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Lake Mendota Overview

Lake Mendota is the largest lake in the Yahara chain of lakes in Dane County, Wisconsin. Lake Mendota is a 9,842 acre lake with a maximum depth of about 82 feet. Visitors have access to the lake from 11 parks, 10 public boat landings, and 7 public beaches. Fish include Musky, Panfish, Largemouth Bass, Smallmouth Bass, Northern Pike, Walleye, Sturgeon and Catfish. The lake's water is moderately clear. Lake Mendota’s bottom is almost 30% sand. 

 Lake Mendota Facts & Figures  

Size (in acres): 9,842
Elevation (feet above mean sea level): 850
Maximum Depth (in feet): 82
Mean Depth (in feet): 42
Number of Beaches: 7
Number of Boat Landings: 10
Parks: 11
Bottom: 29% sand, 29% gravel, 2% rock, 40% muck
Fish: Musky, Panfish, Largemouth Bass, Smallmouth Bass, Northern Pike, Walleye, Sturgeon and Catfish
Sources: Yahara Waterways, Dep't of National Resources, Dane County Lakes & Watershed Commission

Lake Mendota Lifestyles

The University of Wisconsin-Madison borders the south shore of Lake Mendota, making lake homes in Shorewood Hills especially popular with U.W. professors and doctors who need to remain within short commuting distance of the U.W. Hospital & Clinics.

Madison, Wisconsin summers offer a mild climate with average temperatures of 67 degrees. Wiling away the time will be relatively comfortable in the summer and you'll certainly be able to enjoy sunrises and sunsets from the comfort of your pier or deck.

Lake Mendota is a sports-friendly lake so be sure to bring your motorboat, your sailboat, your jet skis and your waterskis. Stick around in the winter and there are no shortage of cold weather activities to enjoy on Lake Mendota including ice skating, ice fishing, snow shoeing, cross country skiing, kite flying and kite skating, just to name a few! 


View over Lake Mendota in Wisconsin

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Lake Mendota Resources

Betty Lou Cruises 
Boathouse Bar & Grill 
Captain Bill’s 
Friends Of Lake Mendota (FLAM)
Governor Nelson State Park
Hoofer Sailing Club
Mariner's Inn
Memorial Union Terrace
Mendota County Park
Mendota Rowing Club
Mendota Yacht Club
Nau-Ti-Gal 
The Edgewater 
The Statehouse
Warner Park
Burrows Park
Tenney Park


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