Lake Mendota during a thaw in March.
Lake Mendota is beautiful in the winter. Don't miss the chance for a weekend walk in the sun. A good place to park is at Picnic Point.
For comfort, check the wind speed first. You can go out in almost any temperature, as long as there's no wind.
It's quite safe until sometime in March. Take a little care near shore, or when crossing pressure ridges. Very rarely, there can be a chance of slipping and falling at a pressure ridge, and there can be gaps in the ice there--but just use your eyes.
Click here to see a slide show of Lake Mendota in winter. Move cursor off screen and click arrows bottom right to fill screen.