Summer is here, so that means it’s time to get out on the lake or head to the pool. Lucky for you, Middleton’s got a lot of wonderful water to explore, whether you’re stand-up paddleboarding, cruising on a pontoon boat or splashing down a waterslide. Read on to discover more.
Rent a boat
If you want to explore Lake Mendota on a canoe, kayak or stand-up paddleboard, visit Marshall Boats on Allen Boulevard. Marshall Boats is open from 8:30 am to 8 pm seven days a week from Memorial Day to Labor Day, with limited hours in May and September.
If you want to get out on the lake with a group, you can rent a pontoon boat that holds up to 12 people for $80 an hour on weekdays or $100 an hour on weekends (price includes gas and basic operational instructions). Make reservations here.
Marshall Boats also offers events, group rentals and private parties at its rooftop patio.
BYOB (Bring your own boat)
Whether you’ve got your kayak strapped to the roof of your car or are hauling your fishing boat on a trailer, you’ll discover plenty of ways to get on the water in Middleton. Head to the Middleton Boat Ramp at the end of Lake Street or visit Marshall Park to launch your boat. Another boat launch can be found at Mendota County Park in nearby Westport.
Want a meal with a view? Captain Bill’s has been serving seafood and more on the shores of Lake Mendota since 1993, all with a side of scenic beauty. Sample some of their delectable dishes on their outdoor patio, where you can also hear live music on Saturday nights throughout the summer.
Other aquatic options
Here are a few other ways to get out on the water in Middleton:
- Dip your toes in the water—or dive in—at the beach at Marshall Park.
- Take a hike along the soothing Pheasant Branch Creek at Pheasant Branch Conservancy.
- Cool off at the Splash Pad at Lakeview Park or enjoy the interactive water equipment and waterslides at the Walter R. Bauman Aquatic Center.