Minneapolis Chain of Lakes

Minneapolis, Minnesota 55408

Minneapolis Chain of Lakes

Minneapolis Chain of Lakes Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"Decades ago, Minneapolis had the foresight to establish an extensive park system. The gems of this system are the lakes. Because outboard motors aren’t allowed, the lakes provide an oasis of calm and quiet in the heart of the hectic city.

Four of the lakes in south Minneapolis provide a chain perfectly suited to canoeing. Launch at the access at the northeast shore of Lake Calhoun. Paddle around a bit on Calhoun, dodging the sailboats moored at the north end of the lake. Then head through the channel at the north end of the lake into Lake of the Isles. The two islands on Isles offer a refuge for wildlife, including great blue herons and black-crowned night herons."

Minneapolis Chain of Lakes Trip Reports

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Minneapolis is one of my very favorite cities, in part because of the beautiful parks with water access. To a visitor, it’s very obvious that Minneapolis is a city that was designed to be a place where city dwellers don’t have to head out to the country to enjoy the peace and beauty of nature and the great outdoors. You can canoe, kayak and paddleboard throughout Chain of Lakes Regional Park, and there are miles and miles of well-maintained, easy to moderate hiking trails that are very easy to access. There are tons of other activities as well, including a playground for kids, picnic tables, places to play various team sports, and much more. During the summer, you can enjoy free outdoor movies and concerts here on certain nights, which is a great treat. Definitely check out this wonderful attraction the next time you’re in Minneapolis!

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Trail Information

Nearby City
Skill Level
Day trip
Class I
Don’t get run over by a windsurfer
Fishing, Birding
Additional Use
Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board: (612) 230-6406; minneapolisparks.org
Local Contacts
MDNR Hennepin County water access map: files.dnr.state.mn.us/maps/water_access/twincities/hennepin.pdf; Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board, Grand Rounds Scenic Byway System (minneapolisparks.org/parks__destinations/trails__parkways/grand_rounds_scenic_byway_system/) DeLorme: Minnesota Atlas & Gazetteer: Page 41 D7
Local Maps

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