Monona Lake in Madison, Wisconsin
Charming lake in the heart of the city which is even more charming when it freezes in winter
16 May 2022
Monona Lake adorns the skyline of Madison, Wisconsin / Wikipedia
Monona Lake adorns the skyline of Madison, Wisconsin / Wikipedia

Monona Lake is one of the two main lakes in Madison, Wisconsin, USA. The other is Mendota Lake. Together, the two lakes form the heart of Madison. Monona Lake is the smaller of the two lakes, but no less important to the city.

Sunset at Monona Lake /
Sunset at Monona Lake / @priestessphx

The lake is home to many different species of fish, including bass, walleye, and perch. The lake is also a popular destination for sailors and fishermen. In winter, the lake freezes over and becomes a popular spot for ice fishing and ice skating.

Activities when Lake Monona turns to ice

Fishing on the ice lake /
Fishing on the ice lake / jsonline

If you are looking for a place to relax and enjoy the outdoors, Monona Lake is the place for you.

When most people think of Wisconsin, they think of cheese and Packers. But there is more to this country than that! One of Wisconsin's best kept secrets is Lake Monona in Madison.

Madison City

The glitter of Madison City from Monona Lake /
The glitter of Madison City from Monona Lake / pauliefred

Madison is a picturesque town nestled on the isthmus between two lakes, Mendota and Monona. The city is full of culture and history, and there is always something to do. But during the winter months, Lake Monona really comes alive.

Hotel overlooking Monona Lake

The beauty of Monona Lake when it freezes

Monona Lake when it freezes
Monona Lake when it freezes

The lake froze and became a giant ice rink. People come from all over to skate on the lake, and there's even a game-playing hockey league out there! If you're not a skating fan, you can still enjoy the lake for a walk or a horse-drawn carriage.

And if you're looking for a unique place to stay, check out the Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center. This Frank Lloyd Wright-designed building is located on the shores of Lake Monona and offers stunning views of the city skyline.

So, if you're looking for a winter vacation full of fun and beauty, head to Madison, Wisconsin, and check out Monona Lake!

Popular hotels in Madison

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