May 22, 2018
Secchi Depth (feet): 4.3
May 14, 2018
Secchi Depth (feet): 2.7
Part of: Cedar Lake Park
Cedar Lake, named for the Red Cedar evergreens on the western side of the lake, is part of the Chain of Lakes regional park. It is a popular walking and biking area with picnic facilities, three beaches and a fishing dock. Water quality improvement projects throughout the years at Cedar Lake have supported consistently favorable scores in aesthetics, water clarity and low bacteria levels making it a popular destination for visitors to enjoy swimming and boating. Cedar Lake is connected to Brownie Lake through a tunnel under the Cedar Lake Parkway and to Lake of the Isles via the Kenilworth Channel.
Secchi Depth (feet): 10.4
To measure water transparency with a Secchi disk, the disk is lowered from the shaded side of a boat until it cannot be seen. The depth of the water is recorded at the point where the disk reappears upon raising it from its original depth beyond visibility. It is important to remember that the Secchi measurement is a simple, approximate measurement of water clarity and can be influenced by various factors such as time of day, reader's eyesight, water color and suspended particles in the water. Therefore, Secchi disk readings should be used as a comparative tool to determine trends between lakes and over time.
Secchi readings for the lakes are done during the regular lake sampling schedule, with some lakes sampled every other year.
E. coli (MPN/100 ml): 225
Water Temp (°F): 76.5
Visit Cedar Lake East Beach
E. coli (MPN/100 ml): 7
Water Temp (°F): 76.5
Visit Cedar Lake Point Beach
Status: Closed for construction
Visit Cedar Lake South Beach
Each summer, thousands visit our City lakes and enjoy a refreshing swim at our many swimming beaches. To ensure a healthy and enjoyable experience for these swimmers, we monitor the water at the public beaches for E. coli, bacteria that can be an indication of health risks for swimmers.
Beaches close if a water sample does not meet the State of Minnesota’s guidelines. A beach reopens when testing reveals that levels are within guidelines. The test for E. coli takes 24 hours, and results are posted early afternoon the day after we sample a beach. The closing of a Minneapolis beach is rare, and in most cases the beach will re-open quickly.
High bacteria levels generally occur immediately after rain events in Minneapolis. Here's what you should be aware of regarding bacteria levels:
Swimmer’s Itch occasionally affects our City lakes and beaches. Here's what you should know about this annoying but harmless irritation:
The Lake Aesthetic and User Recreation Index (LAURI) was designed to give recreational users a source of information about conditions affecting their use of city lakes. The goal is to have an accurate, science based and easily understandable recreational indicator for the public. The LAURI has five indices: