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Lake Nokomis Park, Minneapolis

2401 E Minnehaha Pkwy, Minneapolis, MN 55417, United States
Admission: $0.00
Pay Lot: Parking prices range from 75 cents to $1.50 per hour. Annual Permits Also Available
Hours of Operation:
Mon. 03:00 PM - 09:00 PM
Tue. 03:00 PM - 09:00 PM
Wed. 03:00 PM - 09:00 PM
Thu. 03:00 PM - 09:00 PM
Fri. 03:00 PM - 09:00 PM
Sat. 09:00 AM - 04:00 PM
Sun. Closed
Currently Showing Building Hours August 27 2018-June 11 2019: Park Hours: 6 am-10 pm

Lake Nokomis Park is one of three sailing lakes in the Minneapolis park system that offers many recreational opportunities. In addition to sailing, families can swim at the beach and rent watercraft such as paddleboats and stand-up paddleboards.

Lake Nokomis Park's New Playground

The new playground (pdf link) playground was completed in the summer of 2017. Among other improvements there is a new tot lot with new playground containers and equipment, more seating and permanent nature play features, including a large domed structure made from woven willow branches, called "The Thicket". 


Lake Nokomis Park Playground featuring "The Thicket"

Image courtesy Minneapolis Parks.

Lake Nokomis Park Beach

Local Lake Nokomis Residents Out for a Stroll

Lake Nokomis Park Beaches

Lake Nokomis is home to two beaches. Lifeguards will be on duty at select Minneapolis beaches beginning mid-June and running through late August. 

A lifeguard is on duty at Lake Nokomis Main Beach from Noon to 7:00 p.m. daily. While Lake Nokomis 50th Street Beach has lifeguards are on duty from noon to 7:00 p.m., Thursday through Sunday. 

Winter at Lake Nokomis Park

In the winter months, Lake Nokomis maintains a pond hockey rink with warming room. There are some free loaner skates available on a first come, first serve basis.

Lake Nokomis Park Recreation Center

The recreation center features a multi-purpose room, a gym, a craft room, a meeting room and a community kitchen. It is not air-conditioned, but it does participate in the summer meal program.

Lake Nokomis Park Improvements

A new skate park was approved in the Nokomis-Hiawatha Regional Park Master Plan. It is on hold until funding can be maintained.

Birthday Parties at Lake Nokomis Park

MPRB wants you to use your park facilities to their full potential! Individuals and groups are encouraged to use the centers and park spaces for self-directed activities. There are different permit requirements and special use fees, depending on the use.Make your child’s birthday party special! MPRB is committed to making your child’s birthday a fun and memorable event in the parks.

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