Category Archives: Water Sports

Info on various water sports like waterskiing, wakeboarding, and tubing.

Madden’s Waterski School Offers Guests A Video of Experience

To stick wih the theme of recreation blog posts for the week, I wanted to tell you about Madden’s Waterski School. Our three well-trained instructors can help you learn to waterski, wakeboard, or watertube!

This season Madden’s has added an exciting technology as a perk for our guests: a waterski cam. You see we’ve had a full service waterski school at Madden’s for many years, but this year we wanted to up the anti.

It started as a idea… how can we record our guests learning to ski (or wakeboard, or watertube) and then be able to get the image or video to them quickly. We started with several ideas. Can we find a camera that sends the video directly to Facebook? Directly to email? We weren’t sure. After a little digging, we finally selected the camera we wanted, the software we needed, a new computer for our Tennis & Croquet Club, we determined the most efficient way to share a video was by posting it on YouTube for our guests to view and share. Then all we had to do was wait. Wait for the camera to come in the mail. Wait for a new computer in the mail. Wait for the software…. but it’s here now! We are pumped.

Then the scary part came: they made me try it! Before now, I had attempted waterskiing only one other time… and failed horribly. How do you think I did this time? Check out my video below and see! Oh, and I must note the water, although it was about 65 degrees when I went skiing, felt like 40 degrees. All I could think about was the movie Titanic!

Want to try our water ski school for yourself? You can sign up at our Tennis & Croquet Club by calling ext 5913 when on-site or 218-855-5913 from home. Rates are $40/half hour and $80/hour. Videos will be edited and posted on YouTube for free after your experience!

As always, feel free to comment or email me at, Elizabeth


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Making a Splash at Madden’s Waterpark

Now that the lake has warmed up, the kids… and adults, are able to enjoy our three sandy beaches even more. Besides all of our offerings in the Marina, we have our own little waterpark at Madden’s. It is located on the beach in front of the Lodge. I’ve personally been sure to check out the waterpark. Soooo fun! Here are some photos of our guests enjoying the waterpark.

Hope to see you out there soon! Elizabeth

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Posted by on July 11, 2011 in Family Time, Recreation, Water Sports


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Madden’s Marina: Fun in the Sun

What a great time to be on the waterfront here at Madden’s! The sun has finally decided to show its gorgeous rays, the water is warming up nicely, and the air is filled with the smooth sound of summer and relaxing hum of boat motors breezing by! Madden’s Marina has been buzzing with fun seeking guests enthusiastic to get out on the water.

Lucky for us, our Social Season calendar is officially in full swing with Pontoon Rides, Happy Hour Cruises, and our Gull Lake Water Expedition, all week long! There is something for all ages.

Our Pontoon Rides take you through a relaxing tour of beautiful Steamboat Bay, home of Madden’s Marina, departing at 9am and 10am Tuesday’s, Thursday’s, and Friday’s. If you thrive on the serene moments of locating a bald eagles nest, or spotting baby Loons just learning the ways of the wild, you will absolutely love our Gull Lake Water Expedition with a naturalist, on Monday’s and Friday’s.

Happy Hour Pontoon Ride

If you just can’t wait to sit back relax and crack open a cold one, then check out our Happy Hour Cruises, on Wednesday and Friday afternoons.

As for all of you that want to create your own everlasting-lake-memories, we have plenty of non-motorized equipment including, the ever popular water bikes, along with canoes, kayaks, and our classic paddle boats. So come join us on the waterfront.

We look forward to making your experience at the Marina simply unforgettable! Nicole, Marina Manager


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