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Lake Calhoun

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


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Designer Built and Hosted 1br1ba Apartment in Uptown! Garage bay Included!
Designer Built and Hosted 1br1ba Apartment in Uptown! Garage bay Included!

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Minneapolis, MN
     
    0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in Ecco, this apartment building is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Chain of Lakes and within 3 mi (5 km) of Walker Art Center and Minneapolis Institute of Arts. Nicollet Mall and State Theatre are also within 3 mi (5 km).

    Fabulous Uptown Location! Sleeps 15! Steps from Lake Bde Mka Ska! Downtown! MOA!
    Fabulous Uptown Location! Sleeps 15! Steps from Lake Bde Mka Ska! Downtown! MOA!

    Fabulous Uptown Location! Sleeps 15! Steps from Lake Bde Mka Ska! Downtown! MOA!

    Minneapolis, MN
       
      0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Ecco, this vacation home is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Chain of Lakes and within 3 mi (5 km) of Walker Art Center and Minneapolis Institute of Arts. Nicollet Mall and State Theatre are also within 3 mi (5 km).

      Uptown 3BR Steps to Lake Calhoun, Near Downtown&mall of America, Garden Patio!!
      Uptown 3BR Steps to Lake Calhoun, Near Downtown&mall of America, Garden Patio!!

      Uptown 3BR Steps to Lake Calhoun, Near Downtown&mall of America, Garden Patio!!

      Minneapolis, MN
         
        0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in Ecco, this historic apartment building is 0.1 mi (0.2 km) from Chain of Lakes and within 3 mi (5 km) of Walker Art Center and Minneapolis Institute of Arts. Nicollet Mall and State Theatre are also within 3 mi (5 km).

        Uptown 4BR Steps to Lake Calhoun, Near Downtown&mall of America, Garden Patio!!
        Uptown 4BR Steps to Lake Calhoun, Near Downtown&mall of America, Garden Patio!!

        Uptown 4BR Steps to Lake Calhoun, Near Downtown&mall of America, Garden Patio!!

        Minneapolis, MN
           
          0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Ecco, this historic apartment building is 0.1 mi (0.2 km) from Chain of Lakes and within 3 mi (5 km) of Walker Art Center and Minneapolis Institute of Arts. Nicollet Mall and State Theatre are also within 3 mi (5 km).

          MOXY Minneapolis Uptown $89
          MOXY Minneapolis Uptown

          MOXY Minneapolis Uptown

          1121 West Lake Street, Minneapolis, MN
             
            2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Uptown, this hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Chain of Lakes, Walker Art Center, and Minneapolis Institute of Arts. Target Center and Nicollet Mall are also within 3 mi (5 km).

            Beautiful Upper level Uptown Duplex near the Lakes, shopping, restaurants & more
            Beautiful Upper level Uptown Duplex near the Lakes, shopping, restaurants & more

            Beautiful Upper level Uptown Duplex near the Lakes, shopping, restaurants & more

            Minneapolis, MN
               
              0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Uptown, this vacation home is 0.2 mi (0.3 km) from Chain of Lakes and within 3 mi (5 km) of Minneapolis Convention Center and Target Center. Walker Art Center and Minneapolis Institute of Arts are also within 3 mi (5 km).

              High-end 3 BR, 1st Floor, Near Lake of Isles, Downtown & Mpls Convention Center
              High-end 3 BR, 1st Floor, Near Lake of Isles, Downtown & Mpls Convention Center

              High-end 3 BR, 1st Floor, Near Lake of Isles, Downtown & Mpls Convention Center

              Minneapolis, MN
                 
                0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Uptown, this apartment building is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Chain of Lakes and within 3 mi (5 km) of Target Center and Walker Art Center. Minneapolis Institute of Arts and Nicollet Mall are also within 3 mi (5 km).

                Uptown Jewel
                Uptown Jewel

                Uptown Jewel

                3220 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN
                   
                  4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Ecco, this vacation home is 0.2 mi (0.4 km) from Chain of Lakes and within 3 mi (5 km) of Target Center and Walker Art Center. Minneapolis Institute of Arts and Nicollet Mall are also within 3 mi (5 km).