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Silver Lake

Rochester, MN
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Ranked #9 of 24 Attractions in Rochester
Type: Bodies of Water
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English first
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

Beautiful Canadian Geese. I Loved the wildlife, Not the poop. Beautiful Lake lots of sites here. Plan on going to look before I leave town for another look

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Erie, Pennsylvania, United States
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17 reviews 17 reviews
7 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

The first time I was at silver lake I was with my partner. We rented a paddle boat.... it also comes with an electric motor to assist your peddling. The second time I rented a kayak.... both times I had a very enjoyable time on the lake... Just watch out for goose poop on the walk to the concession area!!!

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San Francisco, California, United States
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10 reviews 10 reviews
6 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2014

Really more of a large pond than a lake, this lovely little spot is framed by a nearly continuous trail of silver goose poop. But that's alright, the trail around the lake makes for a great stroll or jog. You'll be sure to run into a tremendous diversity of Rochesterites along this trail during the short lived summer months. Rumor... More

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Rochester, Minnesota
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15 reviews 15 reviews
9 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2014

the main middle lake that Rochester is always famous for, back in the day it used to be the home of 22,000 extra canadian geese now the city wanted to get rid of most of them down on the lake 3 years ago, so now its more like 2,000 geese. Canoeing, Paddle boats and more walking around the park is... More

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Lake Oswego
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2014

Went in September, so not sure about the other months. Not the most awe-inspiring lake, but close to the city if you have a break.

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Rochester, Minnesota
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

Geese and garbage everywhere, I feared for my safety from the multiple groups of homeless looking people. Hear much on the news about people getting attacked while jogging near this lake and its surrounding trail. I'd strongly advise against going here, especially after 4PM

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Huntsville, AL
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014

Be careful when you ask your phone to find Silver Lake as it might do what mine did and direct you to a different one an hour a way. This one is just minutes away from St Mary's. We enjoyed renting bicycles and pedaling around the lake a few times. The lake attracts many Canadian Geese and ducks which are... More

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Rochester, Minnesota
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14 reviews 14 reviews
12 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

There used to be 25,000 geese a year come to sit in the heated water (from the RPU plant) in the winter......now, you can rent canoes....paddle boats.......see a beautiful view of Rochester's skyline also.

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Asheville, NC
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301 reviews 301 reviews
134 attraction reviews
240 helpful votes 240 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

After you've spent the day in doctors' appointments and tests, you'll probably need a place to go stretch your legs and decompress. Because it offers a flat, nearly two-mile loop, Silver Lake fills the bill very nicely. It ties in with the rest of Rochester's extensive foot and bike trail system, but if you need something longer, you could just... More

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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20 reviews 20 reviews
8 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014

The park is OK, a little messy and no where near the number of geese and mallards that were here when I lived in Rochester as a kid. The geese still fight for the bread and still peck at your pant leg if you happen to be feeding the geese on the other side of you. They have improved the... More

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