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Vacation in Monona - Wisconsin

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Area Overview

Nestled on the eastern shore of Lake Monona and surrounded by the City of Madison, we have a plethora of food festivals, numerous biking opportunities and countless waterfront parks for easy access to Lake Monona. Whether you come by kayak, canoe, bike or car, you're certain to love what you find!

Monona is ideally located just minutes from downtown Madison, proximate to the Dane County Regional Airport and minutes from the Interstate Highways (39, 90, 94).

We invite you to visit our beaches, bike the Monona Lake Loop, kayak the Yahara River, savor our cuisine and visit our unique shops. Explore the Aldo Leopold Nature Center and Olbrich Botanical Gardens in summer and winter for endless recreational opportunities. For more information, visit or give us a call at (608) 222-8565. We know the area well and we’re here to help.

Includes Cities/Towns: Cottage Grove, Madison.

Things to Do

Recreation & Fitness

Highlights of the Monona area include numerous water recreational opportunities including paddling, boating, skiing, and fishing in both summer and winter.

The Monona Lake Loop is the most popular bike route in the Madison area. It's a 12 mile loop that passes through downtown Madison and hugs the shore of Lake Monona. Renting a B-cycle is a great option if you're traveling without a bike! Numerous bike shops are located on the loop as well for rentals or repairs.

We're ideally situated between the lake and beautiful forests and prairies. Hiking options are unlimited! Consider Lake Farm Park, Capital Spring State Recreation Area or the Nine Springs E-way as very accessible options.

Cultural Activities

The Aldo Leopold Nature Center provides some excellent information through hands-on, high tech exhibits. Numerous Indian mounds exist throughout Monona and you can learn about them at the nature center.

Additionally, the Historic Dean House provides a glimpse of life in Wisconsin for an 1800's farm family. Tours are free on Sundays in the summer.

Ho-Chunk Gaming-Madison provides the only smoke-free gaming facility in Wisconsin with 1,200 bingo slots with the highest payout percentage (average of 95%) of all casinos in Wisconsin. Open 24/7.


Aldo Leopold Nature Center
Olbrich Botanical Gardens
Ho-Chunk Gaming-Madison
Capital City State Bike Trail
Glacial Drumlin State Bike Trail



Monthly Temperatures / Rainfall

 Month  Low  Avg  High  Rain
 January  7.2  16.7  26.3  1.3 "
 February  11.9  21.9  31.9  1.3 "
 March  23.1  33.4  43.6  2.4 "
 April  34.2  45.7  57.1  3.6 "
 May  45.1  57.5  69.8  3.5 "
 June  54.5  66.8  79.0  4.3 "
 July  59.5  71.2  82.8  4.2 "
 August  57.2  68.8  80.5  4.2 "
 September  48.5  60.5  72.7  3.4 "
 October  37.3  49.0  60.8  2.4 "
 November  26.2  35.3  44.4  2.5 "
 December  13.8  22.6  31.3  1.8 "

Best Time To Go:

Summer and winter.

Spring temperatures are cold with averages in the mid 40's and highs in the mid 50's. Nights are cold with lows in the mid 30's. Summer temperatures are mild with averages in the upper 60's and highs in the low 80's. Nights are cool with lows in the upper 50's. Fall temperatures are cold with averages in the upper 40's and highs in the upper 50's. Nights are cold with lows in the upper 30's. Winter temperatures are cold with averages in the low 20's and highs in the upper 20's. Nights are cold with lows in the low 10's.



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