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Things to do during "cabin time" in Madison Lake
Your search for affordable Madison Lake lakefront homes and cabins is over. Madison Lake, Minnesota, takes its name from the nearby body of water, and enjoys easy access to fishing and water sports, as well as local attractions. This small city in Blue Earth County is home to some very cozy, privately owned cabins and cottages — the perfect place to stage some family fun in south/central Minnesota.
The lake itself is of medium size, located to the east of the popular Mankato area. Madison Lake is a popular destination for walleye fishing, with plenty of aquatic vegetation for the monster fish to hide in. Anglers are also likely to pull in crappie and the occasional northern pike.
Year-round residents of Madison Lake, MN, are proud of their local parks, and happy to share them with visitors staying in the city’s cabins, cottages, lodges and vacation homes. Some favorites include Lindbergh Park, North Shore Park, Fasnacht Park, and Pines Park.
Lindbergh Park is a great place to meet up with friends, located close to the city’s 135-year-old post office. This picturesque green space features swings and sand diggers for the kids, picnic tables, and a basketball court. It’s also an access point to the Sakatah Singing Hills State Trail, which is perfect for a scenic hike through the southern Minnesota landscape.
Sakatah Trail covers 39 miles of south/central Minnesota with a hard-packed surface that is pleasant for bikers. The trail is open year-round and caters to snowmobilers, snowshoe-ers and cross-country skiers during the colder months. The trail passes along the north shore of Madison Lake and has views of Ballantyne Lake and Duck Lake as well. If you travel to the end of the trail, you’ll end up near Mankato, MN.
For guests looking for wheelchair-accessible accommodations in the area, North Shore Park could be a fun outing, with another scenic picnic area, swings, lake access and an accessible fishing pier. Pines Park also has playground equipment, while Fasnacht Park has more options for team sports, with a basketball court and a T-ball field.
Blue Earth County maintains a lakeside recreation area of more than 100 acres called Bray Park, which would be a nice place to host a large-group picnic or take group photos. If you’re travelling with personal watercraft, hook up your boat or load your canoes and head out to The Boat Landing on mainstreet — here you can find a restaurant and bar, a boat launch, a public beach and equipment rentals.
When you’re not prepping home-cooked meals as your comfortable rental cabin, try out some of the local cuisine. Some favorites include pizza and drinks at Lucky Lure, or American-style brunch at The Landing on Madison.
Make sure you talk to rental owners about the many Madison Lake seasonal events and day trips. Compare cabins and Blue Earth County lodging here, then book directly with owners or local managers. Skip those extra vrbo and airbnb traveler fees.