Lake Calhoun/Bde Maka Ska is the Largest of the Minneapolis Lakes

The largest (401 acres) and the deepest (87 feet) of the Minneapolis lakes is Lake Calhoun. Since Uptown is adjacent to the lake it also receives the most amount of people visiting the area. Making this one of the best locations to put up a hammock or have a picnic and people watch.

This Lake is 3.2 – 3.4 miles around. Those numbers depend on what path you are on (biking or walking). It features 3 beaches, multiple playgrounds overlooking the water, and some sculptures scattered throughout the land.

Lake Calhoun was Bde Maka Ska in 1800s. They Incorporated the name back in 2018. Bde Ska Maka means “White Earth Lake.” Even though it may be hard to say, it is cool that the history of the lake was brought back to light.

There is free street parking in all of the neighborhoods around the lake. Remembering where you parked can be easy. Simply, make a mental note of what mansion you are in front of and what angle you have of the Minneapolis skyline.

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