- Known as the City of Lakes, it is befitting that Minneapolis is home to 22 lakes within the city limits. Regarded as the crown jewel of the Minneapolis Parks System, the Chain of Lakes is comprised of five scenic lakes in a row along the west side of the city: Cedar Lake, Lake of the Isles, Lake Calhoun, Lake Harriet and Lake Nokomis. A series of tree-lined roadways, parks, and beaches, including magnificent Minnehaha Parkway and Creek, interconnect this picturesque area of Minneapolis. Each of the lakes has a distinct personality. They all provide an outlet for bicyclists, rollerbladers, joggers and walkers as they traverse the many miles of paved paths around the lakes. Canoes, sailboats and fishermen share this water wonderland with swimmers, beach volley players and sun worshipers. To protect the delicate shorelines, no powerboats are permitted on city lakes. In the winter, cross-country skiers, ice fishermen, broomball leagues and ice sailing abound.
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