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Silver Lake

Rochester, MN
+1 507-261-9049
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Nice Place to Get Out in Nature With Some Exceptions

There is a rather large flock of ducks and geese that live in this park year round. They are... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Bill K
Mantorville, Minnesota
Venerable park in heart of Rochester

There is a peacefulness about Silver Lake—a small bit of water on the edge of downtown Rochester... read more

Reviewed 11 January 2018
Jane H
via mobile
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“paddle boats” (10 reviews)
Rochester, MN
+1 507-261-9049
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

There is a rather large flock of ducks and geese that live in this park year round. They are really neat especially in the spring and fall when they are joined by the migrating flocks. On nice fall, winter, and spring days this is a...More

Thank Bill K
Reviewed 11 January 2018 via mobile

There is a peacefulness about Silver Lake—a small bit of water on the edge of downtown Rochester. It is a great place for a stroll and for goose watching. Winter is quieter than other seasons, but there is still a lot to see.

Thank Jane H
Reviewed 3 January 2018 via mobile

A great place to walk around the lake no matter what time of season. Watch out for goose poop though. Plenty of parking on all ends of the lake. 2 parks near the lake one on west end and another on the east end. There...More

Thank Sami N
Reviewed 22 November 2017

The paved walk around the lake is about 3 miles. There are plenty of places to take a rest and for being in the city the scenery is pleasant. Canada geese are frequent in a few places so the pavement can sometimes have some "slick"...More

Thank Kathy B
Reviewed 30 October 2017 via mobile

I used to really like walking around Silver Lake. Not anymore. All the tall weeds planted on thee shoreline keep you from seeing the water and enjoying the view. And the goose poop on the trail is gross. Maybe our great Mayor Ardell should focus...More

Thank Aaron E
Reviewed 20 October 2017 via mobile

Silver Lake is a beautiful place to go. There are a ton of geese and ducks and they are hilarious! Bring some bread along so you can feed them... The views are nice, the atmosphere is calm, it's a great place to come if you...More

Thank Jones050110
Reviewed 12 October 2017 via mobile

Nice place to take a leisurely walk not far from downtown. Just walk some of the walk ways on the back side of the lake where it is nice and quiet. LOTS of migrating birds to observe in the fall.

Thank David S
Reviewed 11 October 2017

Silver Lake is a nice place to take a stroll, see some ducks and geese, watch some birds and get some fresh air. The walking/biking path goes completely around the lake and makes a nice walk for people and dogs and is a good place...More

Thank sue m
Reviewed 30 August 2017 via mobile

Always an amazing place to stop for a stroll around the park, feed the geese or just relax. Wear comfortable and older tennis shoes as all these birds leave behind a lot of waste. The restrooms need a update and good cleaning.

Thank tammil717
Reviewed 19 August 2017

We had some spare time from the Mayo Clinic and decided to walk down to the lake. We saw the electric paddle boats and decided to hire one. We were given next to no information about how to use the motor, which, halfway through the...More

Thank nickthebottlewasher
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4 November 2015|
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Response from annews9 | Reviewed this property |
Yes, they are scheduled to dredge the lake starting this fall. Part of the reason is to improves drainage. A lot of storm runoff goes into this lake and has caused a rise in water level and some flooding.
Janna K
31 July 2015|
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Response from DebJG | Reviewed this property |
No cabins. It's not the kind of lake that you vacation on, or fish on. It's more of a side attraction, actually, that you enjoy while you are in Rochester for some other event. Definitely not a lake to build a vacation... More