Silver Lake (Rochester, Minnesota)

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Silver Lake
The RPU power plant next to Silver Lake
LocationRochester, Minnesota,
United States
Coordinates44°02′00″N 92°27′26″W / 44.0333°N 92.4571°W / 44.0333; -92.4571Coordinates: 44°02′00″N 92°27′26″W / 44.0333°N 92.4571°W / 44.0333; -92.4571
Basin countriesUnited States
Surface area50 acres (20 ha)
Max. depth11 ft (3.4 m)
SettlementsRochester MN

Silver Lake is a small, freshwater reservoir in Southeastern Minnesota.


The lake lies on the South Fork of the Zumbro River, about one-half mile north of downtown Rochester.

The electrical power plant operated by Rochester Public Utilities used the lake for cooling. Since the lake operates as a heat sink, it doesn't freeze in the winter. The warm water attracted a large number of Canada geese that remain in the area year round.

Public park surrounds most of the lake. In the summer, paddleboat and canoe rental is available.

Silver Lake is the home to the Rochester Rowing Club, whose members practice there daily.


  • "Silver Lake". Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. Retrieved January 2, 2008.
  • Rochester Parks. City of Rochester, Minnesota. Retrieved September 7, 2017.