UW-Madison Crest

University of Wisconsin–Madison

Madison, WI

Two sets of footprints recede into background over frozen, snow-covered lake while people can be seen far in the distance

Photo credit: Adie Reed

Let it Snow

A foot of snow or a spit of snow: a fresh layer of white powder means we tug on boots and woolly mittens and head outside to skate, sled, ski or stroll. Stargaze in the serenity of winter from the middle of beloved Lake Mendota. Nothing warms the heart more than a Madison winter.

Replica of the top of the head of Statue of Liberty sits atop a frozen lake at night

Photo credit: Tor-Erik Bakke

Lake Mendota

Frozen lakes in Madison open up an even bigger expanse of playground for winter lovers, sports enthusiasts, and artists alike. Snow kites provide visual drama by day, while chatting up local anglers is sure to make you smile. And you never know when Lady Liberty might make an appearance on the lake.

Read the true story of Lake Mendota

Illustrated map of Madison, WI showing outlines of 3 lakes, with the largest, Lake Mendota, highlighted in white
Long shot of two people from the other side of a metal bridge in a snow-covered park at dusk

Photo credit: Katie Wheeler

Tenney Park

The local vibe is strong at Tenney Park, where residents come together to ice skate, play hockey, and sip hot chocolate by the fire in the warming house. One of Madison’s oldest and largest parks, it features a lagoon, an island, and five foot bridges, providing a perfect setting to take in a winter sunset.

Madison Skating Rinks

Illustrated map of Madison, WI showing outlines of 3 lakes with white pin indicating location of Tenney Park