Lake Harriet (Hennepin County, Minnesota)

Lake Harriet (Hennepin County, Minnesota)


Lake Harriet (Hennepin County, Minnesota)

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Lake Harriet is a lake in the southwest part of Minneapolis, just south of Lake Calhoun and north of Minnehaha Creek. The lake is surrounded by parkland as part of the Minneapolis Chain of Lakes. The lake has an area of and a maximum depth of .

Lake Harriet is very popular for recreation. It offers sailing, two beaches, and a system of bike and pedestrian trails (about for the bike trail and for the pedestrian trail). The trail and parkway system, part of the Grand Rounds Scenic Byway, connects with Lake Calhoun on the north end via William Berry Parkway and with the Minnehaha Creek trail system on the southeast corner. The north end of the lake also offers a bandshell, which is used in the summer months for concerts, and a refreshment stand. A preserved section of the Como-Harriet Streetcar Line runs between Lake Calhoun and the west side of Lake Harriet.


Lake Harriet is named for Harriet Lovejoy, who lived with her husband Colonel Henry Leavenworth at Fort Snelling. The two came to the area in 1819. The lake and surrounding land was last owned by Colonel William S. King who donated the land to Minneapolis in 1885.

The lake was called "Mde Unma" meaning other lake by the local Dakota people.

The Bandshell

Every summer, Lake Harriet is host to many concerts in its castle-shaped Bandshell. Music has been a part of the lake since the first pavilion was built on the property of Thomas Lowry in 1888. The...
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