Lake Hiawatha in July 2010
|Primary inflows||Minnehaha Creek|
|Primary outflows||Minnehaha Creek|
|Basin countries||United States|
|Surface area||53.5 acres (217,000 m2)|
|Max. depth||33 ft (10 m)|
|Surface elevation||814 ft (248 m)|
Lake Hiawatha is located just north of Lake Nokomis in Minneapolis, Minnesota. It was purchased by the Minneapolis park system in 1922 for $550,000. At that time the lake was a swamp known as Rice Lake, but over four years, the park system transformed the bog into a lake surrounded by a park.
The lake and park have a fishing dock, wading pool, tennis courts, softball diamonds. There is a recreation center that hosts activities. The lake borders a municipal golf course. In the winter the park sets up ice and hockey rinks. There is a bike and walking path starting at Lake Hiawatha which veers onto Lake Nokomis or winds down the Minnehaha Creek right to the mouth of the Minnehaha Falls.
The lake contains black bullhead, black crappie, bluegill, bowfin, carp, golden shiner, green sunfish, hybrid sunfish, largemouth bass, northern pike, pumpkinseed, walleye, white sucker, yellow bullhead, and yellow perch. Some fish consumption guideline restrictions have been placed on the lake's bluegill and northern pike due to mercury and/or PCB contamination.
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