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“Is there a better urban lake in the country?” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Lake Calhoun

Lake Calhoun
West Lake St and Calhoun Parkway, Minneapolis, MN 55408
612 661 4800
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Ranked #11 of 87 Attractions in Minneapolis
Type: Bodies of Water, Outdoors
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Minneapolis
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14 reviews 14 reviews
3 attraction reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
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“Is there a better urban lake in the country?”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2014

Calhoun is by far the most urban - and busiest - of all the lakes in this "City of Lakes." Yes, it's sometimes crowded, and yes, parking can be challenging at times, but the people watching combined with the natural beauty of the lake contrasted with the man-made beauty of the nearby downtown skyline make this lake and surrounding park, bikeways and walkways a must-see in the Twin Cities. Three beaches, fishing, volleyball, canoeing, windsurfing, an endless parade of people of all ages and ethnicities - even a converted boathouse that serves awesome fish tacos - make Lake Calhoun one of my favorite spots in the entire Twin Cities Metro.

Visited December 2013
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“Good fishing from shore. . .great by boat”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2013

I've caught and released many alb bass from this lake and there are some great Pike and absolutely huge 60+ inch Muskie cruising the weed edges here. In the spring the shallows on the lake of the Isle side of the bridge provide decent pre-spawn action, as does most of the area between and connecting the 2 lakes

Visited June 2013
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Minneapolis
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“Busy Place”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2013

Take about an hour to walk around the lake but stay on the walkway. This area is well known for Joggers and bicyclists. Parking is horrendous but if manage to find a spot somewhere in the Uptown area take advantage of it! Start out at Tin Fish, grab some sea food and start walking. 3 beaches to take advantage of along with a wide variety of rental water vehicles: Kayaks, canoes, paddle boats. If you're bringing your own (I have a kayak) there is only one decent place to put it into the water. Playgrounds for your kids, volleyball and picnic areas. Port o Potties are numerous.

Visited August 2013
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Chaska, MN
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“The third peril in the neckless”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2013

As we locals look at it lake Calhoun is in the middle of the chain of lakes. It is almost perfectly round, and if you want to swim across it it is about a mile. It is a lot easier to walk around, however. It absorbs seemingly thousands of people walking both ways, so you have loads of people watching, lots of whom have come there just to meet someone, maybe you.

Visited July 2013
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Minneapolis
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12 attraction reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
“A Gem in the city”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

We lived at one time on Lake Calhoun, it is quite magical. Perfect to take a great walk or sail, or any other lake activities. It is a busy area at all times of the year. Great restaurant tin fish open during the summer and fall, always busy.would recommend to all ages to enjoy.

Visited August 2013
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