Recreation destination: Turtle Lake might just have it all

20 Jul 2021


Not all metro-area lakes can offer summer pleasure seekers a one-stop shop. But Shoreview’s Turtle Lake — popular with swimmers, anglers and boaters of all kinds — might fit the bill.

Turtle Lake is a known hotspot for recreational boat traffic, including water skiers, wakeboarders, and users of personal watercraft. Trailer parking spots at the public access are frequently full in the summer. Those who live on the lake or fish it often know to avoid the crowds by going out early or on cool days.

Eric Kalmes has lived on the east side for over five years, and appreciates what Turtle has to offer. He confirms an abundance of boat usage, and notes a recent increase in traffic. “That’s gone up with the pandemic, for sure,” noting Jet Skis in particular. “The last year or two, it’s been really busy.” He doesn’t seem to mind it much, and reports that people are generally responsible and respectful on the water.

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