Nothing says spring in Minneapolis like life around its famous Chain of Lakes, and signs of spring were everywhere around Lake of the Isles yesterday!When I compare the trees in the photos above taken in May 2014 with the photo below taken in March 2009 it is pretty obvious that spring is late this year… but the tulips and daffodils are finally in bloom and the trails around Lake of the Isles were alive with life yesterday… yay!
Lake of the Isles is actually an engineered lake, created in the early 1900's by dredging what was originally a shallow lake and marsh. I always think it feels much bigger than it is as you walk around its 2.86 miles of shoreline because of the irregular shape created by its long north arm and its two islands, which are protected wildlife refuges containing virgin woods. In the summer the lake is often dotted with canoes.
The Minneapolis Chain of Lakes Regional Park with its 13.3 miles of scenic trails has about 5.5 million visitors each year, and is part of the Grand Rounds National Scenic Byway. Surrounded by some of the city's most beautiful homes, it is a great place to enjoy the scenery…including both house and people watching!
Lake of the Isles is bordered by some of Minneapolis's most elegant homes for sale, including Kenwood homes for sale on the West, Lowry Hill hmes for sale on the north, and East Isles homes for sale on the east.
- Chain of Lakes… part of the 50-mile Minneapolis Grand Rounds National Scenic Byway
- East Isles neighborhood… between the lake and coffee shops galore
- Midtown Greenway… bike freeway from Minneapolis lakes to the Mississippi River
- Twin Cities Best Cinnamon Rolls & Puppy Dog Tails in East Isles neighborhood