Lake Harriet Professional Guide
Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook
"You may have noticed that a few sites in the Twin Cities bear the name Harriet. As a general rule, the Harriet sites in St. Paul are named after Harriet Bishop, who was the first schoolteacher in St. Paul, while the Harriet sites in Minneapolis are named after Harriet Lovejoy, the wife of Colonel Henry Leavenworth. According to legend, Leavenworth missed his wife very much while he was stationed at Fort Snelling, so he named just about anything beautiful he came across after her.
Today, Lake Harriet is still one of the loveliest lakes in the region, attracting throngs of park- goers year-round. Along the banks of the lake are hiking and biking trails, benches for bird- watching, places to eat, and, of course, the historic Lake Harriet Bandshell, which features live music during the summertime. Nearby are the Lyndale Park Rose Gardens, historic Memorial Cemetery, Lyndale Park Peace Garden, Como–Harriet Streetcar Line, and Roberts Bird Sanctuary."