Lake Calhoun

More information about Lake Calhoun

Three people fishing from the Lake Calhoun fishing pier with the Minneapolis skyline visible across the lake.

Calhoun Lake combines great fishing with great views of Minneapolis, The City of Lakes.

Location: Minneapolis, approximately 3 blocks west of Lake St. and Hennepin Ave

Species: Bluegill, Crappie, Tiger Muskie, Northern Pike, Largemouth Bass, Walleye, Yellow Perch, Carp, Bullhead

Wheelchair access: Excellent. The paved trail ringing the lake give access to several grassy areas along the water.

MTC bus: Routes 6, 28, 17, and 12 pass within two blocks of the lake.

Park entrance fee: No

Restrooms: Yes

Parking: Excellent

Picnic: Yes

Playground: No

Other activities: Swimming beach, canoe rental, walking path

Agency: Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board 612-230-6400.

Fishing pier: Yes

Lake Map: PDF Map This is a PDF file. You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to download it.

Comments: This is a prime lake for muskies, bass, and walleyes in early summer and fall. The channel leading into Lake of the Isles is a good spot. And the pier lets you cast to deep water.

To catch walleyes, try fishing at sunset in late June. Cast a fathead minnow hooked 24 inches below a bobber into 8 to 10 feet of water.

Rental canoes are available. A concession stand, open every day during the summer, sells food and drinks, but not fishing bait.