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Bikes. Roller Blades. Sailboats. Kids feeding the ducks. Rose garden. Trolley ride. Popcorn and ice cream. Picnics. Beach. Bandshell. These are common mental images of Lake Harriet for all of us. Why can’t it always be summer?
This 335 acre lake in south Minneapolis has a 2.7 mile shorelength ringed by paved trails, and is the perfect size for jogging. There are also a second trail for bikes and roller blades so you don’t get run over.
Lake Harriet Bandshell, South Minneapolis.
Walleye are alive and well here. Who’da thunk it? And, they are getting bigger too! According to the DNR, average sizes are 3.3 pounds. Not bad for a city lake. Walleyes get active here later in the day, but unfortunately, Minneapolis prohibits fishing after midnight. With the exception of the east lakeshore, Harriet gets very deep very fast (up to 87 feet) so you should chase them right along the weedline. You will have the best luck with live bait here.
Panfish, anyone? Check out shallow shoreline, or try the fishing pier. Sunnies and black crappie are the most common panfish in this lake. Bluegill population here is so high that stunted sizes have resulted.
Information on largemouth bass is sketchy, but eurasian milfoil is pretty thick, so bassin’ potential is here, and large numbers of bucketmouths are predicted for the future.
Northerns are large here but the numbers are scant. Northern Pike reduction efforts and absence of good reproduction habitat are responsible for this.
Certainly, Lake Harriet is the most picturesque among the Minneapolis Chain of Lakes. Even the bandshell is an achitectural beauty, and is the successor of several previous bandshells here that have been destroyed by fire. Summer concerts at 7:00 pm are a mainstay for free Minneapolis entertainment, and offer everything from bluegrass to supurb big bands to kooky guys with flutes and bongos.
Lyndale Park Rose Garden is the second oldest public rose garden in the country, and offers award-winning varieties. Best viewing is from mid-June to late September. There is more to this garden than roses, however; check out the annual/perennial garden. Of particular note is the Peace Garden, which features dwarf conifers and hardy alpine plants. Each end of the Peace Bridge has Peace Stones from the cities of Nagasaki and Hiroshima Japan.
The Thomas Sadler Roberts Bird Sanctuary is located right next to the rose garden, and is known for warbler sightings in the spring. The Minnesota Audubon Society hosts free tours every Tuesday at 9 a.m. during April and May.
Phelps (turtle) Fountain in Lyndale Park Annual/Perennial Garden.
Homes on Lake Harriet
There is no residential or private lakeshore here, but there are plenty of beautiful mansions with lake views for people to gawk at. My mother’s favorite Sunday drive was always a trip around Lake Harriet for the sole purpose of admiring these fine luxury homes.
According to the Northstar Regional Minneapolis MLS, there were seven homes on Lake Harriet (lake views) that sold in the last year. Average sale price was $1,098,129, Average square footage was 3492 and average year built was 1914.