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  • Writer's pictureLake Harriet Environment Council

What makes Lake Harriet special?

Known for the landmark band shell on its shoreline, Lake Harriet is one of the largest lakes in the Chain of Lakes. With many ways to enjoy the lake including sailing, paddling, fishing and swimming, it is a favorite summer destination for visitors.

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources website facts include its size and depth:

Area: 341.22 acres

Littoral Area: 85 acres

Shore length: 2.7 miles

Mean depth: 29 feet

Maximum depth: 87 feet

Fish species: black bullhead, black crappie, bluegill, brown bullhead, flathead catfish, green sunfish, hybrid sunfish, largemouth bass, muskellunge, northern pike, pumpkinseed, rainbow trout, walleye, yellow bullhead, yellow perch, common carp, redhorse, white sucker, fathead minnow, golden shiner, Iowa darter, spotfin shiner, spottail shiner


The Minneapolis Parks website includes tab with a detailed history of Lake Harriet, including

Lake Harriet was at the center of park plans from the time the park board was created in 1883. Less than two months after Minneapolis voters approved the legislation that created the park board for the city, the board voted to acquire a strip of land 200-feet wide encircling Lake Harriet. The only park plans that were given a higher priority by the first park board were the acquisition of a park for each section of the city: Farview Park in north Minneapolis, Logan Park in northeast, Loring Park in south Minneapolis, and Riverside Park along the Mississippi River downstream from St. Anthony Falls. Once the board had set in motion the purchase of those lands—a politically shrewd move to distribute parks throughout the city—it turned its attention to the lakes.

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