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Lake Calhoun

Lake, Beach, and Playground
West Calhoun, Minneapolis
77 Tips and reviews
  • biking
  • people watching
  • sunsets
  • picnics
  • trails
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  • Lake Calhoun Boys
    Lake Calhoun BoysAugust 3, 2011
    We call this lake our home and our origin. Be sure to check out our organization, we are a LGBT and Allied group simply planning events and activities in the community to make a change and difference. Read more
  • Thomas E.
    Thomas EngravAugust 3, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Perfect place to go for a run; 3.1 miles around, or 5k. Good people watching and great views of Minneapolis. Renting a kayak or canoe is great fun as well
  • Abigail Y.
    Abigail YeomansSeptember 18, 2011
    It can be really crowded pretty much any time of the day... but if you go around 1 or 2 in the afternoon it is a bit less hectic and you can enjoy more of Minneapolis' beautiful lakes :)
  • Lynn S.
    Lynn StudenyFebruary 11, 2015
    This lake as tons to do. Walking, running, enjoying the scenic views plus a lot more. Just be prepared. It is a busy lake especially in the summer
  • Kaustubh D.
    Kaustubh DurapheAugust 24, 2013
    Listen to the sound of those light and beautiful waves hitting the shore. And the gentle zephyr makes you feel much more. So natural and pure experience.
  • City Pages
    City PagesFebruary 24, 2011
    Voted Best Lake by City Pages in 2010. The beaches are clean, the characters are plentiful, and even if you don’t feel like going for a dunk, there are sailing opportunities and people-watching galore
  • Chris
    ChrisJune 10, 2013
    Been here 100+ times
    Stay on the correct side of either the walking/jogging path or the biking path or I will materialize next to you and punch you in the throat.
  • Bill
    BillAugust 21, 2016
    Been here 10+ times
    A great place to walk your dog, view a lot of delicious eye-candy, and catch a lot of water Pokémon.
  • Arun D.
    Arun D'SouzaNovember 20, 2015
    One of the most popular lakes in the Twin Cities area. Great for Jogging and people watching.
  • Lindsey K.
    Lindsey KaufmannNovember 25, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Eat at the Tin Fish in the summer! Walk around in the evening during holidays to see the pretty lights on the huge homes!
  • Lily M.
    Lily MitchellJuly 10, 2012
    The lake circut is beautiful scenery and the people watching is amusing every kind of freak, square and hipster makes a show on nice days.
  • Alanna R.
    Alanna Rice2 weeks ago
    Perfect place for a walk or catching the sunset. I will never get sick of this city beauty.
  • Eric S.
    Eric SaundersDecember 21, 2011
    Check out our New Years Eve event Mystique 2012: Le Cirque. Fantasy fusion of Dance, Aerial Hoops, Silks & a Cirque infused runway show! Two rooms of music. Tickets & Info at
  • Amy H.
    Amy HooverJuly 17, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    Tin Fish has bathrooms, a water fountain out back, & a water tap by the front window. Great stop on a run.
  • Joe S.
    Joe Speranzella SfoNovember 10, 2011
    swimming playing tanning people watching...this lake has it all...And you can walk across it in winter.
  • Mandy V.
    Mandy VilaysackJanuary 28, 2015
    Best place for a run and biking. I still have to bike here since I love biking myself
  • Jen P.
    Jen PedersenJune 19, 2012
    Really nice lake to bike around then catch a happy hour close by!
  • Ryan A.
    Ryan AdamsFebruary 21, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Love it here? Get tix to attend the Winter WonderBlast here on March 4th. It will be an amazing event, I promise you! Read more
  • FitCities
    FitCitiesJanuary 31, 2012
    Great place to be outside whether you are walking, running, or jogging! Enjoy!
  • Cristian M.
    Cristian MilaniJune 7, 2016
    Awesome sunset.
  • Joseph G.
    Joseph GhobrialApril 10, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Great running routes and very scenic... highly recommended
  • Nicole N.
    Walking, running and the best people watching in the city!
    Upvoted Jul 5
  • Katy F.
    Katy FlynnJune 7, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Walk the lake then to Sebastian Joes for some ice cream. The long walk will help the ice cream guilt!
  • Shibity S.
    Shibity ShawApril 27, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    If it's the first nice weekend of spring wear your sunglasses. You'll be blinded by the WHITE. #SpringinMinnesota
  • Michael S.
    Michael ShoemakerDecember 21, 2009
    Rent a bike at nearby Calhoun Cycle and tour the lakes, Grand Rounds, and/or Greenway. One of the best cities in the US for biking! Read more
  • Ryan E.
    Ryan ErdmierJune 22, 2012
    Sunset canoe to Cedar Lake, and find Hidden Beach for a night swim.
  • Erin Y.
    Erin YeagerNovember 23, 2009
    In the summer, rollerblade around the lakes then have a picnic on the grassy area near the sand volleyball. Bring a frisbee as well!
  • Craig M.
    Craig MichaelJanuary 13, 2014
    Been here 100+ times
    Pedestrian trail distance: 3.10 miles, Bike trail distance 3.19 miles
  • Chris
    ChrisJune 10, 2013
    Been here 100+ times
    So tranquil! Get cremated so your ashes can be spread here.
  • Drea P.
    Drea PottsJuly 18, 2013
    BEAUTIFUL! The floating raft out on the lake is a blast =]
  • Frank D.
    Frank D'AngeloSeptember 3, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    Put in anywhere on Calhoun and paddle all 3 lakes. Try finding the 4th :)
  • Kristen H.
    Kristen HulsJanuary 26, 2012
    Park for free at the office building with the surfers on it! Free after 6pm!
  • Lily
    LilyJune 30, 2015
    Great paths and lots of interesting people.
  • Joy J.
    Joy JacobsonJuly 23, 2013
    Renting the double bike is really hard to do! Takes awhile to get use to!
  • Melting Hearts USA S.
    Melting Hearts USA SunglassesAugust 13, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Great Lake for all types of activities!
  • Sudeep V.
    Sudeep VishnumurthyJuly 22, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Jog or a take a relaxing walk or play volleyball or join the yoga classes
  • Alec B.
    Alec BildeauxDecember 14, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Windy. Bring gloves and a scarf or mask in the winter.
  • Lucia A.
    Lucia AufdembrinkOctober 21, 2015
    Love Calhoun... If looking for some good eats, stop at Tin Fish!
  • Chris
    ChrisApril 4, 2010
    Going for a nice relaxing walk to unwind. And to check out Calhoun Square. See how the remodeling is going.
  • Chris
    ChrisMay 3, 2014
    Been here 100+ times
    If you go when it's crowded, beware the horrible voice inflections you'll suffer through.
  • Max Q.
    Max QuinlanJuly 4, 2014
    BEWARE!!! Not all dogs here are real!
  • Brooke R.
    Brooke RaekerMay 26, 2013
    Thomas Beach is the best swimming area.
  • Maggie R.
    Maggie RNovember 23, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Walk with a friend, it's enchanting and the people watching is top-notch.
  • Edward M.
    Edward MannSeptember 22, 2015
    Sceneries every where
  • Medica4Me
    Medica4MeFebruary 20, 2012
    Great place to do some heart healthy walking!
  • Jackie P.
    Jackie PoliSeptember 4, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Great place to reflect and read.
  • Jillian
    JillianJuly 15, 2010
    Been here 50+ times
    Good lake for fishing (muskie, bass, walleye, etc.)
  • Nicole L.
    Nicole LindJune 7, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    Amazing place to walk!
  • Austin W.
    Austin WestermannJuly 15, 2012
    Check out The Best Days of Summer Aquatennial Milk Carton Boat Race!
  • Greg J.
    Greg JohnsonJuly 20, 2012
    some people like to people watch, I'm more of a dog watcher myself. people give me weird looks. could also be because I'm wearing no pants or underwear.
  • Alexia D.
    Alexia D.March 10, 2012
    Okay, there is a bike path and a walk path... Please do not WALK on the BIKE path. Seriously... Not hard.
  • Phil B.
    Phil BernardiOctober 1, 2011
    beautiful location, its enjoyable here
  • Paula C.
    Paula CoomerSeptember 4, 2013
    Awesome walking path
  • Miranda D.
    Miranda DahlJuly 6, 2015
    Walking/biking trail around the lake
  • Andrew M.
    Andrew MurrayAugust 6, 2014
    Been here 25+ times
    Look out for sea monsters.
  • Elisha K.
    Elisha KongApril 16, 2012
    Rent a canoe for an hour or two!
  • Lincoln S.
    Lincoln S.February 24, 2011
    Go out on the lake when it's frozen and watch the planes heading to MSP.
  • Christopher K.
    At night, walk from one side of the lake to the other while it's frozen. Have a picnic at the center of the lake, looking at the lights of the city.
  •  Deon P.
     Deon ParconFebruary 16, 2013
    So fun to run...
  • Stephen K.
    Stephen KoontzAugust 24, 2014
    Paddle boarding is for people who can't or won't do any real water sports. Lame.
  • Millicent
    MillicentSeptember 4, 2011
    Streets blocked off today(Sep 4). No access to parking!
  • Sarah F.
    Sarah FrisvoldJune 19, 2013
    Please don't put your cigarettes out in the sand.
  • Swathy R.
    Swathy RaoSeptember 4, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Best place to jog/walk
  • Calvin B.
    Calvin BfordJune 12, 2016
    Chill spot....bbq....walk
  • Chris
    ChrisApril 5, 2010
    Walk, jog, run, people watch!! Relaxation is the key!
  • Dennis J.
    Dennis JansenNovember 13, 2010
    Been here 100+ times
    Glare at dog owners who don't pick up their dog's little gift of joy.
  • Luke F.
    Luke FranclMarch 28, 2010
    Must go to this place in the winter.
  • Scot M.
    Scot MooreJune 16, 2013
    Careful of whiplash
  • Frank D.
    Frank D'AngeloSeptember 26, 2010
    Been here 25+ times
    Perfect evening for a ride around Calhoun
  • Daniel E.
    Daniel ElsasserSeptember 29, 2010
    Brisk morning run on a fall day!
  • ScooterStud G.
    ScooterStud GJune 10, 2011
    Been here 100+ times
    I crush it here.
  • Judd S.
    Judd SampsonApril 1, 2010
    Find a gorgeous day to run.
  • Mark L.
    Mark LosliAugust 8, 2010
    I'm cheating on four square too
  • Mark L.
    Mark LosliAugust 8, 2010
    Let's go swimming!
  • The T.
    The TangentialAugust 31, 2011
    Pee in it.
  • Adam K.
    Adam KlugherzJuly 21, 2014
    Minnesota has stupid alcohol laws... no drinking on the beach? Fuck that.
  • Bobby M.
    Bobby M.May 29, 2014
    Not worth your time. Better stay home and get fat.
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