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Lake Calhoun, Minneapolis

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#3 of 7 in Nature in Minneapolis
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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  • Always a great place to get out of the car and enjoy the vibrant atmosphere. During the summer the lake is surrounded by people doing all kinds of entertainment. Clean, safe, and worth the walk around...  more »
  • Frozen. Shocked by how many people were enjoying despite temps below 0. Ice hockey rink. Several people fishing. Limited parking. Great walking trail  more »
  • Lake Calhoun is worth visiting and spending the day walking, running, biking or roller blading. You can also rent kayaks, paddle boards or lay on the beach and swim. Bring a picnic and spend the day! ...  more »
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  • A must-see place in Minneapolis!!! It is a great place to visit in Minneapolis. Go there, bike, run, or walk around the lake in the Summer and Fall. There are also bike for renting. You can also Canoe or kayak. There are not a lot of restaurants nearby. In fact, there is only one restaurant around the lake (with the lake's view). But there are lots of places in the Uptown for great food, which are all very close to the Lake Calhoun.
  • Lake Bde Mka Ska (formerly Lake Calhoun) is a highly excellent lake. While it could be better for swimming, at least it hosts a wide array of algal bodies and many watery plants who certainly are thriving. In the winter, it is excellent for skiing, happily tramping across, and skating. It's circumference, about 3 miles, is also ideal for runners doing tempo runs. 10/10 and also please use the correct name :)
  • Excellent place to enjoy and pass time with family and friends during Summer.
  • It's great lake to be at during the summer. Always busy with many things to do while looking at the beautiful Minneapolis skyline. Lake Bde Maka Ska is the proper name and Calhoun comes from John C Calhoun, so spread the word and make sure to refer to it as it's proper name! Google should take Calhoun off the map and only have it named as Bde Maka Ska.
  • Nice lake with lots of small beach areas. Has some volleyball courts and you can rent boats. Walking and biking trails are nice too. Come prepared to enjoy it fully, as concessions, food, bathroom etc are sparse.

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