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2401 E Minnehaha Pkwy, Minneapolis, MN 55417
Admission: $0.00
Pay Lot: Parking prices range from 75 cents to $1.50 per hour. Annual Permits Also Available
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Concessions Available
Hours of Operation:
Mon. 06:00 AM – 12:00 AM
Tue. 06:00 AM – 12:00 AM
Wed. 06:00 AM – 12:00 AM
Thu. 06:00 AM – 12:00 AM
Fri. 06:00 AM – 12:00 AM
Sat. 06:00 AM – 12:00 AM
Sun. 06:00 AM – 12:00 AM

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.

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Lake Nokomis Park Playground featuring "The Thicket"
Image courtesy Minneapolis Parks.

Lake Nokomis Park Playground

The new 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”.

Three girls playing in the water at Lake Nokomis Beach in Minneapolis, MN
Lake Nokomis Beach

Lake Nokomis 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.

In the summer of 2023, The Painted Turtle will take over concessions where Sandcastles formerly resided, selling locally sourced, made-from-scratch food choices, including ice cream, beverages, snacks and picnic foods.

Enjoying Lake Nokomis Beach

Beach Day with Family Fun Twin Cities at Lake Nokomis in Minneapolis, Minnesota
Finally at the beach!

Exploring Lake Nokomis Park

Learn about the history, landscape, and wetland ecosystem of the park through a walking tour created by the Minneapolis Parks Foundation. With nine stops as you walk the path around the lake, you’ll get in a 3 mile walk while learning more about the area. This self-guided tour may be best for older grade school and up. Hand your kids the tour map and let them lead the exploration.

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 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.

Momma duck and her ducklings strolling on beach
Local Lake Nokomis Residents Out for a Stroll

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.

 Nokomis Bike Skills Park

This park is one of a handful in Minneapolis with a semi-permanent bike track. The course is built on an old tennis court, is fenced in and gives bikers a chance to practice skills on wood tracks and bumps.

Pickleball at Lake Nokomis Community Center

In 2023, MPRB added 6 new outdoor pickleball courts adjacent to the community center —  the first dedicated pickleball courts in the Minneapolis park system. The new courts are free to use and open to all unless being used for scheduled events.

Future Improvements

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

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