Enjoy paddling and exploring the famed Chain of Lakes in Minneapolis. At Thomas Beach, you will receive basic canoe instruction as well as safety tips about loading boats and paddling the Lakes. You’ll enjoy landscaped ponds and wild areas planted with native flowers and grasses as well as the new bridge and walking paths added to Lake Bde Maka Ska’s (Calhoun) ponds. Paddling north, you will enter the man-made lagoon that joins the Chain of Lakes together. You will first paddle from Lake Bde Maka Ska (Calhoun) into Lake of the Isles. This lake was made when the swampy wetlands were dredged in the early 1900’s. Native grasses have been planted in an effort to increase water clarity and to reduce the number of Canada Geese inhabiting the area. Next you will enter a second set of lagoons that forms the link to Cedar Lake. Cedar Lake is a spring fed lake and has had a dramatic increase of water clarity in recent years. Native wetlands have been restored in what is now known as “Cedar Meadows.” Up until 1999, this area was covered by baseball and football fields. From Cedar, you may also enter Brownie Lake, the final “link” in the Chain of Lakes.
Currently we do not have any Chain of Lakes events scheduled. If you have a group of people interested, we can set up a customized adventure just for you! Please contact us or request a trip quote below if you are interested in a group trip to this destination.Learn More About Canoemobile »