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Hands down one of the best beaches in Madi - with swimming, views, and plenty of places to stretch out and relax!

There’s plenty to do here: relax on the beach, walk the neighborhood, soak in the views of the Madison skyline, bring a kayak or SUP to get on the water, or go for a swim.    

Always be sure to check the blue-green algae levels before swimming in a Madison lake. That can be done here.  Thankfully Madison invested in a system to help with this problem at Bernie’s Beach:  “the system uses an impermeable curtain to cordon off water around a beach. The water is pumped through a sand filter and ultraviolet treatment system on shore to remove harmful algae and bacteria.”  Source.

+grab a coffee or snack at Lakeside Street Coffee House, which is in the beach’s backyard


+easy street parking 


-no dogs allowed

901 Gilson St, Madison, WI 53715

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Stand Up Paddle
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Food Nearby
Picnic Area
Swimming Hole


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