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Lake of the Isles
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2500 Lake Isles Pkwy. E
Minneapolis, MN 55405
Phone: 612 230-6400
Fax: 612 230-6500


North Lake Calhoun / South Lake of the Isles Charrette

Lake of the Isles Park is part of the Chain of Lakes Regional Park, which averages 5.5 million visitors per year. People of all ages visit the park from adjoining neighborhoods, the metropolitan region, across the state and around the world to enjoy Isles’ picturesque beauty. They walk, run, bike, throw a Frisbee, picnic, sit on a bench, or spread out a blanket. Canoeing is also very popular in the summer as is ice skating in the winter. A wedding ceremony along the shore of Lake of the Isles will capture the serenity of the occasion while just blocks from the action of the Uptown area. An off-leash dog park is located on the south end of the park. The entire 2.86 miles of shoreline are publicly owned and accessible to all park enthusiasts.

Lake of the Isles is an engineered lake, created in the early part of the 20th Century. The Park Board dredged what was originally a shallow lake and marsh complex and used the dredged material to create parkland and ultimately, a stately and picturesque park.

In 2001, the Park Board began construction of a major project to improve Isles’ water quality, eroding shorelines and damaged recreation areas. The construction project will lessen the impact of the regional watershed that drains into the 120-acre Lake of the Isles and will reconstruct parkland damaged by the disastrous 1997 flood and the devastating 1998 windstorm.

In developing the Lake of the Isles Park renovation plan, the challenge has been to create a sustainable as well as usable park space. Shoreline stabilization, wetland enhancement and restoration, path reconstruction, upland plant restoration, and the raising of passive recreation areas are strategies that have been and are being implemented to achieve the renovation goals, namely to balance aesthetics and the park’s historical integrity with the recreational needs of park users and the sustainability of a fragile environment.

Historical Profile: More information about this and other parks is included in Parks, Lakes, Trails and So Much More, a richly detailed account of the histories of Minneapolis’ renown recreational system.

Related facilities:
Lake of the Isles Off-Leash Recreation Area
This facility is located in: Chain of Lakes

  • Biking Path
  • Display Fountain
  • Fishing Dock
  • Hockey Rink
  • Ice Rink
  • Parkway - Cars
  • Soccer Field
  • Walking Path
  • Wells
    What our amenities offer you:
    Biking Path: 2.76-mile biking trail

    Display Fountain: Peavey Fountain is located at the intersection of Lake of the Isles Pkwy. and Kenwood Pkwy.

    Hockey Rink: 26th and E. Lake of the Isles

    Ice Rink: 26th and E. Lake of the Isles

    Soccer Field: For reservations and information call 612-230-6491.

    Walking Path: 2.63-mile walking/running trail

    Wells: One well is located at W. Lake of the Isles Pkwy. and W. 28th St.

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