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Cedar Lake in 2012. Downtown Minneapolis skyline is visible in the background.
Location of Cedar Lake in Minnesota
Location of Cedar Lake in Minnesota
Cedar Lake
Location in Minnesota
Location Minneapolis, Minnesota,
United States
Coordinates 44°57′37″N 093°19′16″W / 44.96028°N 93.32111°W / 44.96028; -93.32111
Part of Chain of Lakes
Basin countries United States
Surface area 169 acres (68 ha)
Max. depth 51 ft (16 m)
Surface elevation 853 ft (260 m)

Cedar Lake is a lake in Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States, and part of the city's Chain of Lakes. It is located on the west side of the city, north of Bde Maka Ska (formerly known as Lake Calhoun) and west of Lake of the Isles. The lake is surrounded by parkland on the west side, while the east side borders the Kenwood residential area. The north side is bordered by the Cedar Lake Trail and the BNSF Railway. Cedar Lake has an area of 169 acres (0.68 km2) and a maximum depth of 51 feet (16 m). Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board manages parkland around the lake.


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Beach on Cedar Lake in 2012.

Cedar Lake is part of the Grand Rounds Scenic Byway, connecting with Theodore Wirth Park on the north end and Bde Maka Ska and Lake of the Isles on the south end via the parkway system. The Cedar Lake Trail, on the north shore of the lake, serves as both a recreational trail and a link for non-motorized commuters to reach downtown Minneapolis. The 1.68-mile (2.70 km) shared-use path has three separate lanes, a pedestrian lane and east-west lanes for bicyclists and other wheeled users. Other trails around the lake include separate bicycle and pedestrian trails on the west side of the lake, and the Kenilworth Trail a short distance off the east side of the lake.


There are three official swimming beaches at the lake, Cedar Lake East Beach, Cedar Lake Point Beach, and Cedar Lake South Beach.


Cedar Lake in the Morning
Cedar Lake in the Morning

The lake contains black bullhead, black crappie, bluegill, bowfin, green sunfish, hybrid sunfish, largemouth bass, northern pike, pumpkinseed, tiger muskellunge, walleye, white sucker, and yellow perch. Some fish consumption guideline restrictions have been placed on the lake's bluegill, carp, crappie, largemouth bass, northern pike, and walleye due to mercury and/or PFOS contamination.

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