Lake of the Isle tends to suffer from not apparently having the best circulation of the city lakes, and at lower water levels this becomes visually obvious. Nevertheless, as a lake with a few narrow passageways, two small islands that attract a few varieties of shorebirds, and a connecting channel between the huge, civilized Calhoun Lake and the seclude remote waters beyond Cedar Lake in the other direction, the "Isles" offer a brief break from normal urban lake scene. Canoers and kayakers alike can paddle down the narrow channel that backs old, stately houses between the lakes and out onto the smallish Cedar Lake (the best lake for swimming (Cedar Point Beach) in my opinion). A short culvert enables paddlers to slip beyond Cedar into Brownie Lake - a secluded pond with a dense shoreline and only the distant buzz of traffic to tether you to the fact that you are still in the heart of the city. It's not the cleanest lake and traffic into it from Calhoun is like a freeway exit ramp at times, but it's two narrow arms and the outlet channel make it a special paddling destination in its own right. The trail around the lake is a series of bends, slight hills through a tranquil neighborhood.
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