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Lake Harriet

Lake Harriet, MN

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Lake Harriet is a lake in the southwest part of Minneapolis, just south of Bde Maka Ska and north of Minnehaha Creek. The lake is surrounded … See more

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Jan 16, 2023
A part of the Chain of Lakes which is a beautiful urban park system started in 1883. Beautiful lake surrounded by a walking and biking path and a nice beach on the southern shore. The Lake Harriet Ba… Full review by TravelingSoccerLoon
Jul 16, 2022
We had a nice walk around Lake Harriet - a short walk as one of our party had limited mobility but it was flat and had easy paths with a lot of shade. We saw families swimming in the lake and there … Full review by SarahsOffAgain
Jun 19, 2022
Nice views of the lake. Picnic tables as there’s an on-site food place. More tables need shades as the sun was fierce the day we visited. Food was very mediocre especially for the price. Take your ow… Full review by Halo44

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Very Popular for Recreation
Lake Harriet is a lake in the southwest part of Minneapolis, just south of Lake Calhoun and north of Minnehaha Creek. The lake is surrounded by parkland as part of the Minneapolis Chain of Lakes. The lake has an area of 335 acres and a maximum depth of 85 feet. Lake Harriet is very popular for recreation. It offers sailing, two beaches, and a system of bike and pedestrian trails. The trail and parkway system, part of the Grand Rounds Scenic Byway, connects with Lake Calhoun on the north end via William Berry Parkway and with the Minnehaha Creek trail system on the southeast corner. The north end of the lake also offers a bandshell, which is used in the summer months for concerts, and a refreshment stand. A preserved section of the Como-Harriet Streetcar Line runs between Lake Calhoun and the west side of Lake Harriet. Other Features On the walking path near where Queen Avenue T's into the perimeter drive around the lake, there is an "elf house" carved into the base of an ash tree. For several years, one could leave a letter for the elf supposedly living there and find a letter in reply sometime in the next few days. During the winter season, the elf door is shut and a plank appears stating he has "moved to his castle in the east." It reopens around springtime. Other parkland near the lake includes a picnic ground just north of the bandshell, Lyndale Park, and the Thomas Sadler Roberts bird sanctuary on the northeast corner of the lake. Located adjacent to the bird sanctuary is the tranquil Peace Garden, and across the street is a large garden featuring many varieties of roses. Lakewood Cemetery is located between the southeast corner of Lake Calhoun and the north shoreline of Lake Harriet. Located just 2 blocks West is the quaint shopping district of Linden Hills, often referred to as "a small town in the City". The lake contains black crappie, bluegill, golden shiner, green sunfish, hybrid sunfish, largemouth bass, muskellunge, northern pike, pumpkinseed, walleye, white sucker, yellow bullhead, and yellow perch. Some fish consumption guideline restrictions have been placed on the lake's bluegill, carp, crappie, largemouth bass, northern pike, walleye, white sucker, and yellow perch due to mercury and/or PFOS contamination. In 1998 a six foot 105 pound female lake sturgeon was found washed ashore on the lake. Sturgeon were thought to no longer exist in the lake.
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