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Chain of Lakes

400 South 4th St, Minneapolis, MN 55415-1411
+1 612-661-4800
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Gems on the edge of Minneapolis - beautiful in all seasons.

Lake Harriet (south), Lake Calhoun (central), Lake of the Isles (north). All 3 lakes are connected... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Minneapolis, Minnesota
The lakes are what make Minneapolis special!

Do get out of downtown. It's especially grim now with the construction on Nicollet Ave (though due... read more

Reviewed 13 September 2017
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Three separate lakes (Lake of the Isles, Lake Calhoun and Lake Harriet) all surrounded by pedestrian paths.
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400 South 4th St, Minneapolis, MN 55415-1411
+1 612-661-4800
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Lake Harriet (south), Lake Calhoun (central), Lake of the Isles (north). All 3 lakes are connected with walking and biking trails. Summer: outdoor concerts at the Harriet bandshell, swimming at the southeast corner. Calhoun offers swim beaches on the north and south sides, beach volleyball...More

Thank C B
Reviewed 13 September 2017

Do get out of downtown. It's especially grim now with the construction on Nicollet Ave (though due to be finished in late 2017) but the lakes will make you realize why people don't move away despite the mosquitoes and Siberian winters.

Thank susanmccallum
Reviewed 13 September 2017

We didn't have time to ride bikes around the lake, but it was definitely worth a casual drive around the lake. The homes in the neighborhood are really something to see. We stopped a bit at the beach on the south end to take in...More

Thank HuskerTraveler2
Reviewed 13 September 2017

A series of 6 lakes and the Mississippi River create a walker's or bike rider's paradise. Beautiful landscaping throughout.

Thank Emily K
Reviewed 9 September 2017

I've heard the Chain of Lakes called many things, with 3 of the lakes being the most populated: The Market (Calhoun), Family Funlake (Harriet), and Eye Candy (for the beautiful homes on Isles). All three have their own merit and each seems to hold an...More

Thank Skochrose
Reviewed 7 September 2017 via mobile

After living in Minneapolis for over 30 years, I am still at awe of the beautiful lakes we have just miles apart. During Labor Day weekend, we rode our bikes from Brownie Lake to Cedar Lake to Lake of the Isles, and Lake Calhoun. Love...More

Thank Patricia P
Reviewed 6 September 2017

There are walking/running and biking paths around the lakes. Paths may be busy but feel very safe. There is an area on the northeast end of Lake Calhoun where you can rent kayaks, stand up paddleboards and paddle boats. There is also a little restaurant...More

Thank ses_535
Reviewed 6 September 2017

The paved trails make for easy biking and walking. Trails are one way and there are lots of stations where you can check on the paths and where you are at. Several beaches along the paths that are free to swim in. Along the paths...More

Thank david61383
Reviewed 6 September 2017

The Minneapolis lake trails are nicely connected. They can be very busy though with many types of traffic.

Thank Peter B
Reviewed 26 August 2017

The walk/bike walks around the Minneapolis chain of lakes is a great, relazing way to spend a couple of hours. There are many peopleon the wlkways during nice days, so don't be in a hurry. It is also a very scenic place to see part...More

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Erik C
21 July 2017|
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Response from ScottGrahamMpls | Reviewed this property |
You bet. You are welcome to bring you own boats (no gas motors) and there is a vendor called Wheel Fun Rentals that rents kayaks, canoes and stand-up paddle boards on Lake Calhoun. From Calhoun you can paddle to Lake of the... More
9 May 2017|
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Response from aliivi | Reviewed this property |
"Nice Ride" lime green bikes are available all over Minneapolis.
6 October 2016|
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Response from Kathryn B | Reviewed this property |
Oh yes, in the summer, anywhere that has a patio allows dogs, and will offer water for them, lots of people run and bike with their dogs, there's a dog park over by Cedar Lake too - it's not big, but lots of shade.

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