Lake Nokomis

at , Minneapolis, 55417 United States

Lake Nokomis

Minneapolis , MN 55417
United States
Contact Phone
P: (612) 370-4938


Lake Nokomis is one of several lakes in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The lake was originally 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.

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Chris M.

I love this lake! It's the blue collar of the Minneapolis Tri Lakes. Where the working person can relax with family. Two beaches, one for families with... Read more

Elizabeth R.

Overall, I like this lake a lot better than the other ones in town, mostly because fewer people come here since it's a bit farther out. Everyone skips over... Read more

Brad A.

I've lived in and traveled to a great many places in the world. A Minnesota resident now and for the past three years, I am in love with this lake. Unlike... Read more
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