Minnesota may have 10,000 lakes, but they’re not all found up north. Right here in Minneapolis Northwest, visitors can take advantage of several pristine bodies of water. Generally a few hundred acres in size, these lakes provide a quiet escape with less boat traffic than larger lakes. Indulge in fishing, kayaking, paddle boarding, swimming, or simply enjoy the brilliant scenery and sounds of the water lapping the shore. These are wonderful spots to view brilliant spring and fall colors, and to observe local wildlife.

Eagle Lake

Eagle Lake is a beautiful 291-acre lake in Maple Grove with 5.08 miles of shoreline. It offers a serene escape from the hustle and bustle of the city with its trails and plentiful fishing opportunities. Full public access to the lake is operated by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources; boat...

Fish Lake

Fish Lake is a picturesque 223-acre lake in Maple Grove that offers year-round outdoor recreation in a wooded lakeside setting. Access is located within Fish Lake Regional Park, which is operated by Three Rivers Park District. Water enthusiasts enjoy swimming, boating, kayaking, and fishing on this...

Rice Lake

Located within the Elm Creek Watershed, 366-acre Rice Lake is the largest of Maple Grove’s seven lakes and one of the largest in all of Hennepin County. The lake’s maximum depth is 11.5’ with 9.53 miles of shoreline. Part of the lake (west of I-94 where Elm Creek enters the lake)...

Weaver Lake

Nestled in the northwest corner of Maple Grove is Weaver Lake, a source of enjoyment for residents and visitors alike. The shoreline is partially developed with homes, and the remainder consists of natural areas, and a public park and beach.