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A large body of water surrounded by land.

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    Diablo Lake

    This beautiful lake will pull your car right off the highway for a swim. The lake is a vivid teal because it is filled with glacial flour (flower?) – a silt from water running over rock. The cool water is a welcome respite from a warm summer day. Warm up with a hike if you’d […]

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    Devil's Lake State Park

    This swimming hole literally gets a million+ visitors per year, but it’s for good reason. The 10,000 acre state park offers sandy beaches on each end of the lake. Or you can paddle to your swimming spot in the middle of the lake (you can rent boats at the park concession stand). Only electric motors […]

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    Mohawk Lake

    This hole is for folks with hiking legs who have had several days to adjust to the altitude. The swim and views are worth the effort. There are two parking areas – the first is a 3.4 mile hike to Mohawk Lake – the second parking area requires a high-clearance vehicle and is 1-1.5 miles […]

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    The Terrace (Lake Mendota)

    This hole is no secret, but it is a special spot. The Memorial Union at UW Madison includes “the terrace” – a back deck shared by the entire city and all UW alumni alike. The terrace includes a cordoned swimming hole at the end of a dock in the summer months (lifeguard included) – but […]

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    Cole Pond

    40 minute hike to secluded pond with rope swing.