Written by: Jessica Bolts
It can be tough to navigate all of Wisconsin’s waterways, especially if you’re not from around here. Each lake Shoreline Inclusive Camping provides services on has its own special qualities. When our clients choose which lake they want to spend the day on, it’s important for them to understand what makes each lake unique, because each lake provides a different experience.
Lake Mendota, the largest of the five lakes we service, forms the isthmus that borders downtown Madison. This lake offers a wide variety of water activities such as fishing, kayaking, and canoeing. Being so close to downtown Madison allows you to explore the shops and restaurants right up on the shoreline. Small boats can dock at the Memorial Union Terrace; otherwise larger boats can dock on the Goodspeed Family Pier in the UWM Alumni Park down the way. From there, you can walk along the streets of downtown or visit the capitol. If you’re looking for a leisurely boat ride with access to downtown Madison, then a trip around Lake Mendota is for you.
Just across the isthmus, Lake Monona is another popular area for kayakers, fishermen, and other water sportsmen to explore. It also offers different attractions around the shoreline. There is access to a variety of parks along the shoreline, as well as a small beach area at Olbrich Park Beach. Along the northwestern part of the lake resides the capitol building of Wisconsin, which is beautifully displayed at dusk. Monona Lake flows into the Yahara River and ultimately connects to Lake Waubesa.
Encompassed in the Yahara River is Gilligan’s Island, which is a popular sandbar and boating spot. Shoreline Inclusive camping offers exclusive boat shuttles to and from the island for those who don’t have the means to get to the island. Gilligan’s Island draws a crowd because of its secluded location and the friendly atmosphere its visitors convey. If you’re looking for a day full of interaction along a hidden gem in Wisconsin, then Shoreline Inclusive Camping can shuttle you there.
The local homeowners around the edge of Lake Waubesa enjoy the country feel that the lake offers. Lake Waubesa is the perfect lake to admire your surroundings while catching some fish. This lake provides a more peaceful day out boating rather than a day of sightseeing. Fishing is the lakes biggest attraction, but the location is close enough to the city to enjoy time on land later in the night.
On the contrary, Lake Wisconsin, which is nestled between the Wisconsin River, offers the ultimate sandbar experience. Enjoy a scenic pontoon ride on the lake before arriving at one of the many sandbars along the Wisconsin River. This lake provides the opportunity to meet local Wisconsinites and engage in aquatic activities. Yard games, floating on a tube, and cracking a cold one are some of the favorite pastimes shared. The local bars and restaurants surrounding the lake offer a break from the water if needed. If you’re looking for a day to soak up the sun and take a dip, then you should choose Lake Wisconsin for your boating outing.
Like the other lakes, Marshall Millpond welcomes fishing. However, there is a wider variety of fish that inhabit this lake. Marshall Millpond is smaller than the other lakes mentioned above but doesn’t lack in scenic beauty. Fireman’s Park is a city-owned Community Park, which provides a place to stop and enjoy a picnic or take a walk. There are not many sandbars along this lake, but fishing is what it is visited most for. If you are looking for a recreational day of fishing and a relaxing boat ride with a picturesque view, then give Marshall Millpond a try.
There is much beauty to see along Wisconsin’s waterways. Whether you are looking for a family boating trip or you just want to enjoy a peaceful day of fishing, Shoreline Inclusive Camping can help you make the most of your day on these lakes. Each one of these lakes provides a different experience that fits everyone’s needs. Bounce around from shore to sand, discover a secret swimming hole, or cast a line and catch a big one -it’s all up to you.