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Address: Rochester, MN

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The walk ways were really nice to venture through although the geese did leave piles of poop that were rather unpleasant. The water is enjoyable to walk by with plenty of rest... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 18, 2015
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Rochester, Minnesota, United States
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2015

If you like geese, you'll like silver lake. There are thousands here. However, the water is icky - they used to swim here, but not any more. The poop is everywhere, though they do a fair job of keeping the sidewalks clear with a machine I call the goose poop Zamboni. We will walk around the lake, which is about... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2015

The walk ways were really nice to venture through although the geese did leave piles of poop that were rather unpleasant. The water is enjoyable to walk by with plenty of rest areas to relax. The bridge is a must to visit as well! Still worth visiting even though the geese are everywhere. I'd recommend this to anyone who wants... More 

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Denver, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2015

Rochester can be a bit stifling , as the Mayo Clinic dominates the community, and many visitors (like us) are visiting under trying circumstances. The city has an excellent biking/running/walking trail system, including a loop around Silver Lake. Get out and get endorphins in a lovely setting.

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Ames, Iowa
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2015

While the park has been cleaned up in the last few years, it is still full of goose poop and, of course the geese. The lake is so overwhelmed with nutrients that apparently even algae cannot survive. The lake water is a very light brown with visibility measured in a few millimeters. It has always been a mystery to me... More 

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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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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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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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Address: Address: Rochester, MN
Location: United States  >  Minnesota (MN)  >  Rochester

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