Bde Maka Ska combines great fishing with great views of Minneapolis, The City of Lakes.
Location: Minneapolis, approximately 3 blocks west of Lake St. and Hennepin Ave
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
Other activities: Swimming beach, canoe rental, walking path
Agency: Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board 612-230-6400.
Fishing pier: Yes
Lake Map: Download map
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.