James Madison Beach open

Public Health Madison & Dane County tested bacteria levels and checked for algae blooms on 6/15/21. The results were acceptable. The shallow near-shore temperature was 81 F. Even though the results were acceptable at the time of monitoring, algae levels can change quickly depending on waves and wind. Always take a look at water conditions before you or your pet enter the water and avoid contact with algae blooms.


Lake Mendota

614 E. Gorham Street
Madison, WI


James Madison Park. See map below.


Park/beach located downtown on Lake Mendota. On street parking. Restrooms available.

Water Quality Monitoring:



  • Drinking Water
  • Picnic Tables
  • Playground
  • Restrooms
  • Volleyball

Safety Information

  • Swim Ropes: Yes
  • Lifeguard: No
Image: James Madison - beach is open