Lake Calhoun is part of the Chain of Lakes and the largest lake in Minneapolis. It’s a huge tourist attraction and local favorite because of the recreational fun it offers. Biking along the surrounding trails is the perfect way to enjoy the views since it’s surrounded by park land and walking trails.
Whether you want to ride bikes, walk the trails, enjoy the views, fish or take a swim, Lake Calhoun will be the perfect place to hang out this summer. Whether you’ve been to the beautiful, huge Lake Calhoun or have never experienced it, here is a look at what your summer could be like.
About Lake Calhoun
Lake Calhoun is Minneapolis’ massive lake that extends 401 acres and 87 feet deep. It’s part of the Chain of Lakes and part of the Grand Rounds Scenic Byway that connects other lakes together. It connects Cedar Lake to the northwest, Lake Harriet to the south and the Lake of the Isles on the northeast. It’s surrounded by trails, beaches and a variety of recreational activities to enjoy.
What to do at Lake Calhoun
The trail system stretches 3.4 miles around the lake for skaters and bicyclists. You can go 3.2 miles on foot for pedestrians enjoy the trail. Both trails then connect to a larger trail system through via the Lake Harriet and Lake of the Isles’ connections. Plus, Midtown Greenway’s Trail is north of the lake and north of Lake Street for those wanting to bike or walk.
When you get to the lake you’ll have the opportunity to swim or enjoy water sports like canoeing, kayaking and windsurfing. Many people use the lake to go fishing for bluegill, bowfin, common carp, black crappie and more.
There are three beaches to get some sunbathing in including the Calhoun North Beach on the north side of the lake, Calhoun Thomas Beach on the south side and Calhoun 32nd Beach on the east side. Bring a picnic with the family and play on the athletic fields or volleyball. Then hit the water for a day of sailing or join the Calhoun Yacht Club and take lessons at the Lake Calhoun Sailing School. Finally, check out the Bakken Museum on the west side or the Gideon Pond on the east side.
This summer will be a blast at Lake Calhoun in Minneapolis.