The best lakes to visit around Minneapolis


Minneapolis known for all its lakes is a town centred around the water.  It is the largest of the twin cities and was once the flour milling capital of the world. It spans both banks of the Mississippi River, has wetlands, waterfalls and creeks allotting the city an abundance of water.

The best lakes to visit in Minneapolis

Lake Calhoun

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this is the largest of the Minneapolis lakes as well as the most popular for a lot of outdoor activities.
Families love to take their kids there for an outing, couples stroll around the walking paths.  Or you can cycle, etc.  The lake is surrounded by parkland and has many outdoor activities to offer.

Bush Lake

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Bush lake is suitable for fishing and contains many types of fish.  Species such as Northern Pike, Pumpkinseed Sunfish, Yellow Perch and Bluegill.
It is also a popular spot for recreation such as swimming, canoeing or walks along the popular walking trails.

Lake of the Isles

Lake of the Isles

A very popular new years celebration spot where you can get roasted marshmallows and hot chocolate.  In the winter the lake is used for ice hockey and ice skating.
This lake connects to Cedar Lake and Bde Maka Ska

Lake Nokomis


In the winter there is some ice fishing, and, in the summer, it is great for recreational and outdoor activities.
The main beach offers swimming lessons, there are great running paths as it also connects to some of the “chain-lakes”
It is a beautiful lake enjoyed by many both in the winter and summer months.

Lake Harriet


A picture perfect lake that hosts many different functions and activities throughout the year. With summer concerts, biking paths, fishing pier, Playground, picnic areas, a boat dock and many more fun and entertaining things to do this lake is one not to be missed.