James Madison Beach open

Public Health Madison & Dane County tested bacteria levels and checked for algae blooms on 6/28/2022. The results were acceptable. The shallow near-shore temperature was 76°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 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
  • Volleyball

Safety Information

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