Madison Lake, Minnesota, USA

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All About Madison Lake

Madison Lake is a natural, freshwater lake situated in Minnesota’s Blue Earth County. It is a rather large lake, with a surface area of 1,113 acres and a maximum depth of 59 feet. Madison Lake features 9.8 miles of immaculate shoreline for fishing, swimming and sunbathing.

One of the most popular walleye lakes in the state, Madison Lake is also abundant in black crappie, northern pike, bluegill, white crappie and yellow perch. In addition, determined anglers can find gizzard shad and small numbers of largemouth bass. Facilities include a boat landing and fishing dock. Canoeing, paddle boating and sailing are other exciting diversions to try at Madison Lake.

The municipality surrounding Madison Lake is known as the City of Madison. Three city parks – Lindberg, Northshore and Fasnacht Parks – offer T-ball and soccer fields for public use. Bray Park similarly provides 100 acres of land on the southern shore of Madison Lake, with picnic tables, fire rings, playgrounds and campsites equipped with electrical hookups. A .7-mile interpretive trail combined with a 1.4-mile path creates a fantastic outdoor setting for leisurely hiking. Children and adults of all ages can’t help but adore the park’s 70-foot swinging bridge.

Just north of Madison Lake, Duck Lake Park features volleyball, canoeing and paddle boating. Fishing among Duck Lake’s 288-acre surface area yields catches of crappie, northern pike, walleye, sunfish and bass. Roughly 3.5 miles west of Madison Lake, Eagle Lake Park is a choice place to trawl for bullhead.

Hiking enthusiasts will love Madison Lake for its proximity to the Sakatah Singing Hills Trail. This 39-mile path is every bit as beautiful as its name suggests, as it passes by the sparkling waters belonging to Madison, Ballantyne and Duck Lakes. The trail is also ideal for in-line skating and horseback riding throughout the summer, and during the winter it freezes into a hot spot for cross country skiing, snowshoeing and snowmobiling. The Cannon River broadens to naturally create Lake Sakatah, another body of water that can be found along the Sakatah Singing Hills Trail.

The Rapidan Dam Park in Blue Earth County is a fantastic day trip from Madison Lake. Composed of 32 acres, the preserve runs along the dreamy banks of the Blue Earth River. While canoeing is the most well known activity here, night fishing is also worthwhile. Furthermore, the Red Jacket Trail passes through Rapidan Dam Park as it stretches from the Minnesota River all the way to Mankato’s Rasmussen Park. It is named after a Seneca Indian chief who lived in the area from 1758 to 1830. This 13-mile scenic path parallels a dramatic ravine, and was formerly a railroad track.

Thirteen ice skating rinks can be found within Madison Lake’s vicinity, mostly in the city of Mankato. Also nearby you’ll find the Seven Mile Creek Trail, perfect for leisurely hiking; and Minneopa State Park, home to the largest waterfall in the area.

Madison Lake and its surrounding city have a well-recorded history. Originally, Native Americans had named the territory “Waukensika,” but this was changed when government officials revised three lakes’ titles to honor the country’s most memorable presidents: Madison, Jefferson and Washington.

Many notable historical figures have frequented Madison Lake, including Charles Lindbergh in 1923 with his WWI surplus aircraft, “Jenny.” In 1911, President Taft also traveled through for political reasons.

Ample real estate and vacation rentals are available at Madison Lake, including spectacular cabins with stunning lakeside views. Local homeowners agree that this area is a fantastic place to live. Madison Lake offers nature at its very best, while boasting a convenient location just minutes away from all that the big city has to offer.

Things to Do at Madison Lake

  • Vacation Rentals
  • Fishing
  • Boating
  • Sailing
  • Swimming
  • Canoeing
  • Camping
  • Picnicking
  • Cabin Rentals
  • Hiking
  • Ice Skating
  • Cross-Country Skiing
  • Snowmobiling
  • Horseback Riding
  • Waterfall
  • Birding
  • State Park
  • City Park
  • Playground

Fish Species Found at Madison Lake

  • Bass
  • Black Bass
  • Black Crappie
  • Bluegill
  • Crappie
  • Gizzard Shad
  • Largemouth Bass
  • Northern Pike
  • Perch
  • Pike
  • Shad
  • Sunfish
  • Walleye
  • White Crappie
  • Yellow Perch

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Recommended Sites to Book a Madison Lake Vacation

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  • VRBO – Use VRBO to find the perfect lake rental home, condo, cabin, cottage or other vacation property.
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  • Expedia – Expedia is a popular online travel agency with more than 140,000 lodging properties worldwide.
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  • TripAdvisor – Read traveler reviews and compare prices on hotels, vacation rentals and more at TripAdvisor.
  • Trivago – Trivago helps travelers compare deals for hotels and other accommodations from a variety of booking sites.
  • KAYAK – KAYAK scours hundreds of other travel websites at once to find the best deals on hotels and other travel-related services.
  • RVshare –RVshare connects travelers interested in renting a motorhome with owners who have RVs to rent.
  • CampSpot – Campspot offers premier RV resorts, family campgrounds, cabins and glamping options across North America.

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Madison Lake Statistics & Helpful Links


Lake Type: Natural Freshwater Lake, Not Dammed

Surface Area: 1,113 acres

Shoreline Length: 10 miles

Normal Elevation (Full Pond): 1,024 feet

Average Depth: 11 feet

Maximum Depth: 59 feet

Drainage Area: 5,547 sq. miles

Trophic State: Eutrophic

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