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Lake Calhoun, Minneapolis

Categories: Bodies of Water, Nature & Parks
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4.8/5 based on 460+ reviews on the web
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 just north of 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. 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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  • Running around this lake is a great experience. It is not far from the downtown, esp. the Hilton hotel where we usually stay. 
  • Beautiful ballad, the better it is to walk, because at the same time you can enjoy admire fabulous villas that are close to the Lake. It's peaceful.
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  • Large body of water that is well maintained, has bike and walking paths around the lake. A traditional city-based body of water which is put to good use. Time well spent - about an hr or so -- walked ...  read more »
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