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Lake Nokomis Area - Recreation and Parks


 

Last updated: July 1, 2013

Be sure and join the celebration at the Minneapolis Monarch festival on September 7, 2013

 Lake Nokomis Area


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    Lake Nokomis Overview
       - Ball fields map
       - Fishing Nokomis
    Nokomis Main Beach
       - Beach status
      Nokomis 50th St Beach
       - Beach status
      Nokomis Community Center
       - Summer programs
      Naturescape / Wetlands
     
  Minnehaha Falls Park AreaGo there
    Minnehaha Park Overview
    Minnehaha Pavilion
      John H. Stevens House
      Longfellow Gardens
      Longfellow House
      Princess Depot
      Pergola Gardens
      Off-Leash Dog Rec Area
      Camp Coldwater Springs
      National Grand Rounds
      Wabun Picnic Area
     
 Other Parks & RecGo there
   Bossen Field & Park
   Ed Solomon Park
     Hiawatha Golf Course
   Keewaydin
   Morris Park & skate park
   Bicycling
   Fort Snelling State Park
     Lock & Dam #1 (Ford Dam)
     Mn Valley Wildlife Refuge

Lake Nokomis
2401 E. Minnehaha Parkway (Nokomis Community Center)
Minneapolis, MN 55417 (click to open new windowmap)
Phone: (612) 370-4923
Fax: (612) 724-9827
Field reservations (
612) 230-6491
Hours: 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m., year-round

Lake Nokomis

Lake Nokomis is one of 3 sailing lakes (Harriet, Calhoun & Nokomis) in the Minneapolis park system and offers an enjoyable recreational opportunity. There are 2 supervised beaches at Lake Nokomis.  City residents can access sailbuoys and launch their canoes and boats from the west-side public boat launch. Sailboat races are a weekend event throughout the warmer months. During the summer months, bicycle, canoe and paddle boat rentals are available through Wheel Fun Rentals at the main beach.

This summer, welcome Sandcastle Restaurant to the Big Beach. www.sandcastlempls.com, FB page https://www.facebook.com/Sandcastlempls

New invasive species inspection regulations and hours in place for boat, kayak and canoe launching

Lake Nokomis is home to the Minneapolis Monarch Festival, an early September celebration of the State's official butterfly and its 2300 mile migration to the mountains of central Mexico. In January, the lake is home to the US Pond Hockey championships, drawing teams from all over he nation and a few from other countries as well.

Nokomis has 210 acres of water and 195 acres of land.  In 1907, when the MPRB acquired Lake Nokomis, the lake was more of a swamp and pond, no more than 5 feet deep. The lake was dredged and turned into a fine lake. The lake was originally named Lake Amelia in honor of the Captain George Gooding’s daughter, Amelia, in 1819. Its current name was adopted in 1910 and done so to honor Nokomis, grandmother of Hiawatha (legendary Indian hero of Longfellow’s poem, 'Song of Hiawatha'). Download a history of the lake's landscape (195 KB PDF)

The original Lake Nokomis Bathhouse at the main beach was built in 1919, demolished in 1966 and rebuilt in 1967. The community center was built on top of the hill on the north side of the park in 1975. Read more in MPRB's History of Lake Nokomis.

Lake Nokomis Park's 407 acres includes the lake, the Nokomis Naturescape Gardens, wetlands and holding ponds, the Nokomis community center, two beaches, sailboat mooring, canoe racks, concessions, pathways and ball diamonds. The lake's walking path is 2.78 miles long.

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Amenities:
Baseball, softball, soccer and football fields, tennis courts, biking path, boat dock and launch, broomball rink, drinking fountain, fishing docks (2), ice rink, Naturescape Gardens, free parking on Parkway, pay parking lot at Main Beach, picnic tables and shelters, refectory/concessions, restroom facilities, tot lLot/playground, walking path, wells.  Ball field reservation info.    Aerial photo of ball fields showing field numbers.

Fishing in Lake Nokomis
Lake Nokomis contains an abundant population of fish. There are fishing docks at the north and east side of the lake, and fishing "piers" on the Cedar Ave. bridge. The lake's main fish populations: walleye, tiger muskies, largemouth bass, pumpkinseeds, bluegills, crappies, yellow perch, black and yellow bullhead and common carp. Visit the Mn. DNR's Lake Nokomis web page for more information. Note: While there is a public boat ramp on the west side of the lake, there are no gasoline-powered motors allowed on any of the Minneapolis lakes.

Download the lake's depth map here.

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Lake Nokomis Main Beach
4955 West Nokomis Pkwy (West side of lake)
Minneapolis, MN 55417 (Open new windowmap)
Phone: 612 230-6400
Fax: 612 230-6500
2012 Hours: Lifeguards will be on duty at this beach from 11am - 7pm, Thursdays - Sundays
Beach status

Nokomis Main Beach

Amenities: Swimming beach, Biking path, Drinking fountain, Pay Parking Lot, Picnic Area, Refectory/Concessions, Restroom Facilities, Tot Lot/Playground, Walking Path.

During the summer months, bicycle, canoe and paddle boat rentals are available through Wheel Fun Rentals.

Fine print:
"The Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board operates several beaches with lifeguard service for your enjoyment. The season dates and lifeguard service are dependent upon availability of staff and based on the weather."

 

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Lake Nokomis 50th Street Beach, "Little Beach"
5001 East Nokomis Parkway (Northeast side of lake)
Minneapolis, MN 55417
Phone: 612 230-6400
Fax: 612 230-6500
2012 Hours:
Lifeguards will be on duty at this beach from 11am - 7pm, Thursdays - Sundays
Beach status

50th St. Beach

Amenities: Swimming Beach, Floating swim dock, Lifeguard, Biking Path, Walking Path, Porta-Potties

Fine Print:
"The Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board operates several beaches with lifeguard service for your enjoyment. The season dates and lifeguard service are dependent upon availability of staff and based on the weather."

 

 

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Lake Nokomis Community Center
2401 E. Minnehaha Parkway (Open new windowmap)
Minneapolis, MN 55417
Phone: 612 370-4923
Fax: 612 724-9827

nokomis@minneapolisparks.org
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Nokomis Community Center

Nokomis Community Center and Park is a year-round recreation center in the Minneapolis park system. A full menu of program services designed to meet the recreational needs of all age groups is offered at the park. These programs include supervised athletics, cultural & fine arts, social interaction groups, music & dance, environmental programs, and community celebrations. Summer programs page

Nokomis Community Center has a number of rooms that community residents can use for meetings, a lounge, arts and crafts room, kitchens, office, gym and several activity rooms. Many people rent out the multi-purpose room for special events (wedding receptions, etc) as this room offers a very picturesque view of the lake. Nokomis East holds its highly popular annual "Night Before New Year's Eve" party at the Center in conjunction with the Center's staff.

The 13,700 square foot community center was built in 1975. In 1995, a new tot lot was added and the pathways were redone. In 2006, new playground equipment and picnic shelters were added.

Amenities: Gymnasium, Multipurpose Room, Two Kitchens, Meeting Rooms, Restroom Facilities

2012 Summer Hours:
      
Summer (Memorial-Labor Day): Mon-Thur 12-9 pm; Fri 12-6 pm; Sat 11 am-6 pm; Sun 12-4 pm

Parking: There is free parking in adjacent parking bays. A free overflow lot is located just east of the Center.

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Lake Nokomis Naturescape
Located on the northeast shore of Lake Nokomis
at the intersection of Woodlawn Boulevard, East 50th Street and East Lake Nokomis Parkway
(Near 50th Street Beach)
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Nokomis Main Beach

The Nokomis East Neighborhood Association's Environmental Committee members along with the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board first installed these native plant gardens in 1998. They have become a continually eveolving project for volunteer gardeners.  

A variety of native wildflowers and grasses are featured in these gardens. Signs identify the names of the native plants. Come find out how native wildflowers and grasses can create a soothing landscape.

Volunteer gardeners welcome! If you want to join the Nokomis Naturescape Volunteers, please call the Nokomis East Neighborhood Association (NENA) at 612-724-5652.

Amenities: Swimming beach, Biking path, Walking Path

Parking: There is free parking in adjacent parking bays. From May 1 to October 31 visitors must pay $1 to park in the regional parking lots.

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Lake Nokomis
Area
Lake Nokomis OverviewNokomis Main BeachNokomis 50th St BeachNokomis Community CenterNaturescape / Wetlands
Minnehaha Park
& Falls Area
Minnehaha Falls Park Overview,  Minnehaha PavilionJohn H. Stevens HouseLongfellow GardensLongfellow HousePrincess DepotPergola GardensOff-Leash Dog Rec AreaCamp Coldwater SpringsNational Grand RoundsWabun Picnic AreaLock & Dam
Other Nokomis Area Recreation & Parks Bossen Park & Fields,  Ed Solomon ParkHiawatha Golf CourseKeewaydin ParkMorris Park & skate park,  Bicycling,  Fort Snelling State Park,  Lock and Dam #1 (Ford Dam),  Mn Valley National Wildlife Refuge

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