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Address: Rochester, MN

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Geese me!

At least once a year we make it to the lake over the summer to play on the paddle boats as a family. Everyone has a blast. Personally the park itself it too covered with... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 18, 2015
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Rochester, Minnesota
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37 reviews 37 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

I've lived in Rochester for 23 years and have had fun times at Silver Lake for years. The new "native habitat" has gone by the way side back to some of the original bare areas. AVOID AFTER 9PM as no locals are on any of the trails. There are some homeless residents around but are harmless. The waterfowl variety and... More 

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Rochester, Minnesota
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

At least once a year we make it to the lake over the summer to play on the paddle boats as a family. Everyone has a blast. Personally the park itself it too covered with geese/duck poo to play in our walk the many paths, but it you can get past that who doesn't want to feed the birds? Even... More 

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Duluth, Minnesota
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2015

We enjoyed walking through the park, and even in winter, there was open water where we could observe some ducks, including a hooded merganser. If you like feeding ducks, there are plenty of mallards here that will go after the bread you toss toward them.

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Rochester, Minnesota
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2014

don't have to say more, you ruined it Rochester....You should have left it the way it was and tried alternative ways to improve the grounds than just letting the weed take over and create a whole new mess that is not the least eye appealing.

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Hebron, Indiana, United States
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15 reviews 15 reviews
4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2014

Great place to have a picnic or just hang out or see some Minnesota native wildlife. We had time to kill & it was perfect, nice & quiet too.

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Cresco, Iowa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014

Nice little route for walkers and joggers; 1.8 miles around. Pedal boats available for those who want to spend time on the water. Nice park around the lake too, Restrooms available on both sides of the lake; east and west, picnic tables and some playground equipment.

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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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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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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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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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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