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“Don't forget your bread scraps”
Review of Silver Lake

Silver Lake
Ranked #10 of 54 things to do in Rochester
Certificate of Excellence
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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
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"paddle boats"
in 10 reviews
"beautiful lake"
in 5 reviews
"ducks and geese"
in 3 reviews
"pleasant place"
in 3 reviews
"fun to watch"
in 4 reviews
"nice path"
in 2 reviews
"take photos"
in 2 reviews
"electric motor"
in 2 reviews
"rent canoes"
in 2 reviews
"lovely spot"
in 2 reviews
"nice place to walk"
in 2 reviews
"stretch your legs"
in 2 reviews
"mayo clinic"
in 9 reviews
"fun place to visit"
in 2 reviews
"downtown rochester"
in 5 reviews
"fresh air"
in 2 reviews
"in town"
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Reviewed 18 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 hire fell away from the boat! We were not given life jackets until we asked for them a second time. The lake was not worth seeing and the boats decidedly not worth hiring.

Thank nickthebottlewasher
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Reviewed 2 August 2017

We were looking for a small respite to go to during down time from all of our appointments at Mayo Clinic. We chose Silver Lake because we enjoy the outdoors and it was nearby. This place was horrible! The restrooms are disgusting, and there are no doors on the bathroom stalls! The sidewalks are literally covered in goose feces. You will not be able to avoid stepping in it as it covers the sidewalk.

With hesitation, we continued down the paved trail and walked to the top of the bridge.
This lake has been described as a clear freshwater lake. Nothing could be further from the truth! As I looked down in the water it was brown and I was shocked to see RAW SEWAGE floating in the lake! It was everywhere! Unfortunately from a distance children were swimming in this filth and several people were out paddle boating. I could not believe it.

The lake is very neglected. The wild flowers and weeds are very overgrown. There is trash everywhere and frankly it is a bit of a scary place. I went around 3:00 in the afternoon and saw some pretty shady characters.

It is unfortunate that this lake is this way. Rochester draws hundreds of thousands of visitors annually through Mayo Clinic and for people who enjoyed the outdoors like my family, it would be nice to have a little park nearby to reflect and spend time together. We certainly invest in the community while there through hotel stays, restaurants and the clinic. You can do better Rochester!

Thank Kate L
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Reviewed 23 July 2017

Though not in the top-tier of locales to visit in Rochester, this venue is peaceful and you may like to look at the geese.

Thank Kenpasha
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Reviewed 10 July 2017 via mobile

We like to walk around Silver Lake about once a week when we are home visiting in Rochester, Mn. One lap is a little over a mile. A nice path with wild flowers around the lake . Of course, there are always lots of Canadian Geese to view.

Thank db55901
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