One of 10,000 Lakes
It's the gem in Minneapolis' sparkling chain of lakes, mixing big-city splendor with small-town charm. An added bonus: It has its own little elf. Updated Dec. 7, 2011
Join us as we explore the many unique lakes in the Twin Cities area. Each weekend, we profile a new body of water perfect for an in-town day trip -- whether you want to swim, paddle, fish, hike or just hang out.
Nicholas Case, 2, nuzzled up to his dad, Alex, in Lake Minnewashta.
You have to follow the ambiguous signs on the winding dirt roads in Lake Minnewashta Regional Park to get to the lake, west of Excelsior. But it's worth the journey.
Back in the water at Shady Oak Beach.
Plenty of diversions fill the grounds of this Minnetonka beach and its park. But none is as enticing as the diving dock, dominated by teens and tweens.
Buffalo Lake basketball courts.
An 800-foot boardwalk reaches out on Wood Lake.
Long Lake Beach is a popular hangout for area teens.
New Brighton's Long Lake is prized for its setting inside a regional park. But the hundreds of teenagers who fill the parking lot with bumper-stickered cars make the daily trek to the beach for one thing only: to see and be seen.
Emilio Campo, 6, takes a jump into Lake Nokomis
Debbie Inwood of Arden Hills skis on Lake Johanna.
More than 100 waterfront homes dot the perimeter of Lake Johanna in Arden Hills. To those residents, the 214-acre body of water acts as "the neighborhood."
A great egret at Como Lake.
Family fun at Lake Phalen.
The crush of urban life sometimes bumps up against nature at Lake Phalen. In many ways, the lake is where old St. Paul and new St. Paul meet, where the bustling city gives way to a green, watery oasis.
A family paddles past "Minne" at Brownie Lake.
Little-known Brownie is the fourth sibling in Minneapolis' famous Chain of Lakes. This is the second in our weekly summer series spotlighting lakes in the Twin Cities.
Whaletail Lake is part of Gale Woods Farm Park.
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