Lake Calhoun/Bde Maka Ska

Minneapolis, Minnesota 55405

Lake Calhoun/Bde Maka Ska

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Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"Lake Calhoun/Bde Maka Ska is the largest lake in Minneapolis’s popular Chain of Lakes system, which includes Lake Harriet, Brownie Lake, Lake of the Isles, and Cedar Lake. Bde Maka Ska, the Dakota name for the Lake, has been recently restored by the Park Board, with plans in the future to commemorate the history of Cloud Man’s Village. It is also a part of the Grand Rounds Scenic Byway, a 50-mile route that connects many of Minneapolis’s parks and lakes.

Theoretically, with only a few tiny gaps in the circuit, you can travel from park to park by foot or bicycle via the Grand Rounds without ever having to get in a car. All around Lake Calhoun are sandy, well-maintained beaches, perfect for swimming or sunbathing—or, if you’d prefer, you can take a break from walking and rent a canoe or paddleboat instead."

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Trail Information

Nearby City
Trail Type
Easy to Moderate
Skill Level
Lake Calhoun North Beach, The Bakken: A Library and Museum of Electricity in Life, Thomas Beach, Lakewood Memorial Cemetery, St. Mary’s Greek Orthodox Church, Minnesota Zen Meditation Center, 32nd Street Beach

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Dec 2018