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One of the hallmarks of the Minneapolis Park System is its lakes, ponds, wetlands and creeks. From the famous Lake Harriet to the little-known Black Ash Seep in Minnehaha Park, our water resources are a precious resource.
For over 125 years the MPRB has maintained the area’s scenic and recreational bodies of water, which has earned it the national reputation for sound conservation and ecological practice that leads the way to a healthy environment.
The MPRB system includes 16 lakes, which are defined as water bodies whose maximum depth at low water exceeds 6.6 feet (2m) depth and develops layers of different temperature for at least part of the open-water season.
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The MPRB system contains many wetlands, which are defined as a permanently saturated or flooded basin shallower than 6.6 feet (2m) depth at low water and that have historic or hydrologic significance to the MPRB.
High Profile Wetlands:
Other Wetland areas:
- Diamond Lake
- Webber Pond, Webber Park
- Wirth Park wetlands
- Wetland complex from the Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden to Glenwood Ave.
- Wetland complex north side of Highway 55/Wirth Lake
- Quaking Bog, Wirth Park
- Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden wetland
- Black Ash Seep, Minnehaha Park
- Roberts Bird Sanctuary wetland
- Shingle Creek Area
- East of creek, west of Humboldt, north of 49th Ave. N
- Both sides of Shingle Creek, just south of 49th Ave. N
- Wirth Park Area
- North of Golden Valley Road, north of Theodore Wirth Park, west of the intersection of Golden Valley Road and Theodore Wirth Parkway.
- Small wetland ponds and wetlands inside and at the east edge of Wirth Park, just west/northwest of Anwatin School.
- Wirth Golf Course ponds and wetlands.
- Ponds on Columbia Golf Course
- Between 58th St. E and 60th St. E, and north of Highway
- Wetland complex towards the Hwy. 62 side
- Bassett's Creek - From Theodore Wirth Parkway to Morgan Ave. N.
- Minnehaha Creek – Across South Minneapolis from Lake Minnetonka/Gray’s Bay in Minnetonka to Minnehaha Park where it empties into the Mississippi River (22 miles)
- Shingle Creek – North Minneapolis from Shingle Creek in Brooklyn Park to the Mississippi River (12 miles)