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Lake Calhoun, Minneapolis

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Lake Calhoun is the largest lake in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and part of the city's Chain of Lakes. Surrounded by city park land and circled by bike and walking trails, it is popular for many outdoor activities. The lake has an area of 401acre and a maximum depth of 87ft.Lake and surrounding areaThe lake is part of the Grand Rounds National Scenic Byway, connecting with Lake of the Isles on the northeast, Cedar Lake on the northwest, and Lake Harriet on the south. The trail system has a 3.4mi trail around Lake Calhoun for bicyclists and skaters and a 3.2mi trail around Lake Calhoun for pedestrians. Both of these trails connect to the larger trail system via connections to Lake of the Isles and Lake Harriet. In addition, the Midtown Greenway Trail is located just north of the lake and Lake Street. The lake itself is popular for canoeing, kayaking, and windsurfing, and it has three swimming beaches.The three beaches are Calhoun North Beach on the north side of the lake, Calhoun 32nd Beach on the east side and Calhoun Thomas Beach on the south side. There is Lake Calhoun Park and Surrounding park land offers parking, picnicking, volleyball, and athletic fields. It is also home of sailing, hosting the Calhoun Yacht Club, the Lake Calhoun Sailing School, as well as local high school teams and the University of St Thomas Sailing Team.
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  • I like to call this lake the singles lake. The place to see & be seen! 3.2 mile walk around Calhoun. They have a bike/roller blade path separated from the walking path. Your able to rent bikes, canoes...  more »
  • There was a ton of seaweed and mud in the beachy area. We went on a very hot day and there were tons of people. It's just a squishy bottom!  more »
  • I visited Lake Calhoun several times during our stay. It is a lovely place to walk and has lots of amenities for groups and families. I was there over Memorial Day weekend and it was well-used but not...  more »