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“A Bit of Country in a City Lake” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Lake of the Isles

Lake of the Isles
2500 Lake of the Isles Parkway East, Franklin Ave and Logan Ave South, Minneapolis, MN 55405
612 661 4800
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Ranked #12 of 275 things to do in Minneapolis
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Appleton, MN
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22 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“A Bit of Country in a City Lake”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2012

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.

Visited October 2012
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20 reviews
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“Beautiful lake and more...”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2012

This is an awesome lake with a great walk and bike trail going around the lake itself. It is beautiful and in the summer offers so much to see and do.

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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14 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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“bays and islands add interest”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2012

In spring the islands become rookeries. The loopy path around the many bays on this lake mean there's always something else to see around the next curve. Bike, blade or walk. Separate paths mean there's room for all.

Visited August 2012
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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33 reviews
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“Best Lake in Minneapolis”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2012

I love walking around Lake of the Isles, seeing the different (gorgeous) houses, and reveling in the gorgeous scenery. It's beautiful in every season, and one of my favorites retreats.

Visited July 2012
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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“Best of the 3 main lakes”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2012

Most scenic and least amount of foot and bike traffic. Great homes surround the lake for you to gawk at.

Visited September 2012
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