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Lake Nokomis, Minneapolis

4.5
#7 of 11 in Nature in Minneapolis
Lake Nokomis is one of several lakes in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The lake was previously named Lake Amelia in honor of Captain George Gooding's daughter, Amelia, in 1819. Its current name was adopted in 1910 to honor Nokomis, grandmother of Hiawatha (legendary Indian hero of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's poem, The Song of Hiawatha). It is located in the southern part of the city, west of the Mississippi River and south of Lake Hiawatha. The lake is oval in shape, with a long axis running southwest to northeast. Because the lower part of the lake is crossed by Cedar Avenue running north-south, the impression from the ground is that the lake is shaped like an L. The lake has an area of 204acre.When purchased in 1907, the lake was very shallow, only 5ft deep in the deepest spot. Much of it was actually marshland or slough—a drainage area for the neighborhood. It was deepened by dredging to produce the current lake.In 1940, Dr. Chris Lambertsen performed about 12 Scuba dives in his Lambertsen Amphibious Respiratory Unit (LARU) prototype in Lake Nokomis. The LARU was the first rebreather designed and built in the United States and these dives are the first closed-circuit oxygen dives in U.S. history. On one of these dives, Lambertsen experienced an episode of oxygen toxicity but managed to surface without assistance. With our online itinerary creator, Minneapolis attractions like Lake Nokomis can be center stage of your vacation plans, and you can find out about other attractions like it, unlike it, near it, and miles away.
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  • It’s a beautiful spot with lots of folks walking dogs and pushing carriages. It’s especially pretty as the dun lowers and the sky gets more colorful. I highly recommend.  more »
  • Very busy on nice days so it can be challenging to find good parking, especially because it's only on one side around the lake and they don't like you making u-turns. There's places for water sport...  more »
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  • One of my favorite lakes in Minneapolis! So relaxing and beautiful view. Worth visiting.
  • Beautiful area, right off of cedar and 62.

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