According to old records, there were once many more lakes in Minneapolis than there are now. The smaller lakes were filled in in the early part of the 20th century so that more housing could be built. Today, there are seven main lakes within the city limits, and several other small ones.
Each lake has a unique character, defined by its natural setting and neighborhoods around it. Cedar and Wirth are the most "natural" of the lakes, and large parts of their shorelines are undeveloped parkland. Lake of the Isles is a mostly man-made lake, carefully sculpted in the early 20th century as the centerpiece to a neighborhood of imposing mansions. Lake Calhoun is a thoroughly urban lake, which is adjoined by the trendy Uptown neighborhood. Harriet and Nokomis are surrounded by family neighborhoods, with the best swimming beaches and playgrounds. Little Lake Hiawatha sits in the middle of a public golf course.
Rent a bike, a pair of roller blades, or even a canoe and explore the beauty and charm of the Minneapolis lakes!