Lake Calhoun

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Lake Calhoun featuring a city, a high rise building and a beach

This picturesque Minneapolis lake is small enough to walk around and the perfect spot for a picnic, sunbathing or paddling on a hot summer’s day.

Bike, walk, skate, fish, run, ride, sail, paddle or swim at this popular community area. Lake Calhoun is where locals go to chat, people-watch or get active when the weather is good. In the mornings the tracks are packed with joggers and cyclists and the lake fills up with people enjoying the water during the day. Join the crowds and circumnavigate the lake whichever way you like.

Lake Calhoun is the biggest out of the five Chain of Lakes to the southwest of downtown Minneapolis. A channel joins it to the Lake of Isles to the north. Lake Calhoun is more popular because it is bigger, offers city views and has many opportunities for activities.

Go to Wheel Fun Rentals and pick up a pedal boat, canoe or kayak to cruise around on the water. If you have your own boat, you can launch it from the ramp. Walk or cycle the three miles (five kilometers) around the lake; it’s a great way to keep warm in winter. In summer, relax by the water or jump in for a swim.

There are plenty of places to cast a line if you like fishing, even when the lake freezes over. Ice fishermen set up shacks as soon as the ice is thick enough. If you don’t catch anything, there is one restaurant that always has fish for sale: the Tin Fish. It is a local favorite and there is nothing like a fish taco after a day at the lake.

Lake Calhoun is about a 20-minute drive from downtown Minneapolis. The restaurant and boat ramp are in the northeast corner of the lake, but you can follow the Calhoun Parkway all around the lake to find a spot to picnic. You can rent watercraft on any day of the week

Top Hotels Close to Lake Calhoun

Millennium Minneapolis
Millennium Minneapolis
3.5 out of 5
1313 Nicollet Ave, Minneapolis, MN
The price is $79 per night from Oct 12 to Oct 12
Located in Downtown Minneapolis, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis Convention Center, and Minnesota Orchestra Hall. Loring Park ...
3.9/5Very Good! (1,252 reviews)
"AC is too cool. Rest is best"

Reviewed on Sep 27, 2021

Millennium Minneapolis
Super Clean / Disinfected, Designer Built and Hosted 1br/1ba apt w/ Garage Bay
Super Clean / Disinfected, Designer Built and Hosted 1br/1ba apt w/ Garage Bay
Minneapolis, MN
Located in Calhoun Isles, this apartment building is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Chain of Lakes and within 3 mi (5 km) of Minneapolis Convention Center and Walker Art ...
5/5Exceptional! (41 reviews)
Clean and comfortable in a great location to enjoy the chain of lakes.
"Rod & Annie have thought of everything to make your stay comfortable. We enjoyed our second visit as much as our first. It will be our go to place on future visits to the area."

Reviewed on Jun 22, 2021

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Super Clean / Disinfected, Designer Built and Hosted 1br/1ba apt w/ Garage Bay
MOXY Minneapolis Uptown
MOXY Minneapolis Uptown
2.5 out of 5
1121 West Lake Street, Minneapolis, MN
The price is $93 per night from Sep 30 to Sep 30
Located in Uptown, this hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Chain of Lakes, Walker Art Center, and Minneapolis Institute of Arts. Minneapolis Convention Center and ...
4.2/5Very Good! (324 reviews)
"Everyone working there was friendly and outgoing. Loved the games in the bar/lobby. The room was modern and clean. Bed was comfy. The white noise machine in the room was wonderful."

Reviewed on Sep 15, 2021

MOXY Minneapolis Uptown
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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Millennium Minneapolis
Millennium Minneapolis
3.5 out of 5
1313 Nicollet Ave, Minneapolis, MN
The price is $79 per night from Oct 12 to Oct 12
Millennium Minneapolis
Super Clean / Disinfected, Designer Built and Hosted 1br/1ba apt w/ Garage Bay
Super Clean / Disinfected, Designer Built and Hosted 1br/1ba apt w/ Garage Bay
Minneapolis, MN
Super Clean / Disinfected, Designer Built and Hosted 1br/1ba apt w/ Garage Bay
MOXY Minneapolis Uptown
MOXY Minneapolis Uptown
2.5 out of 5
1121 West Lake Street, Minneapolis, MN
The price is $93 per night from Sep 30 to Sep 30
MOXY Minneapolis Uptown
Beautiful Upper level Uptown Duplex near the Lakes, shopping, restaurants & more
Beautiful Upper level Uptown Duplex near the Lakes, shopping, restaurants & more
Minneapolis, MN
Beautiful Upper level Uptown Duplex near the Lakes, shopping, restaurants & more
Lovely Uptown Mpls apartment!
Lovely Uptown Mpls apartment!
Minneapolis, MN
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Sonder - Lake Suites
Sonder - Lake Suites
3.5 out of 5
1300 West Lake Street, Minneapolis, MN
Sonder - Lake Suites
Great Uptown Apartment! Great Location!
Great Uptown Apartment! Great Location!
Minneapolis, MN
Great Uptown Apartment! Great Location!
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Minneapolis, MN
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Radisson Blu Minneapolis Downtown
Radisson Blu Minneapolis Downtown
4.5 out of 5
35 S 7th St, Minneapolis, MN
The price is $149 per night from Oct 10 to Oct 10
Radisson Blu Minneapolis Downtown
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