Lake of the Isles is sandwiched between two other connecting lakes (Calhoun/Bde Maka Ska and Cedar Lake). Millions of visitors arrive each year to bike and walk the 3 miles of trails around the waters edge.
Starting as an odd shaped marsh, the Minneapolis Park Board engineered this lake into what it is today.
Even though there are upwards of 5 million people who visit each year it is one of the quietest lakes in the city. I assume it is because there is not a beach. Since there is no record of water quality, swimming is not advised
If you insist on being in the water, consider renting a non motorized boat or another water sport option. There are an abundance of people who enjoy paddling/boating. This allows you to explore the multiple connecting lakes in one day.
At Lake of the Isles many stately houses outline the edge. Some of the old homes even have statues in their yard. We enjoy picking out our favorite homes as we pass by.
To keep you and your pup entertained, one end of the lake is home to a dog park. There is a portion of it for small dogs in conjunction to another area for bigger dogs.
Free street parking is easy assessable in neighborhoods surrounding the lake. The parkway circles the lake, if you choose to experience a scenic drive from your car.