About halfway to its tip, Picnic Point reaches its narrowest width and it is easy to see Lake Mendota in both directions.
This spot used to be called "The Portage," because a paddler could with relative ease drag a canoe across to the other side to avoid paddling around the tip of the point. Today, it is familiarly referred to as "The Narrows," for obvious reasons.
If you look offshore to the south, you'll see the mooring buoy for the Limnology Lab's research vessel, the Limnos.
Swimming is only allowed at the Memorial Union swim pier.
Photos: Aerial view by William Cronon; Portagers by Bryn Scriver; Picnic Point ca. 1917, UW Digital Collections (UW.CLP-U0240.bib)