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Old 09-12-2016, 03:52 PM
 
Location: Seattle WA, USA
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Does lake Winnebago count? Over 200k sq mi with clusters of smaller urban enclaves up and down it?
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lake_Winnebago
No this does not count, the entire coast or at the very least a clear majority has to be developed, other wise the Great Lakes would take all the top spots in this list.
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Old 09-12-2016, 05:07 PM
 
Location: Chicago
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If you were to look for the largest lake within any city's city limits, wouldn't be Lake Merritt in Oakland?
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Old 09-12-2016, 05:35 PM
 
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If you were to look for the largest lake within any city's city limits, wouldn't be Lake Merritt in Oakland?
Lake Union Seattle is 580 acres Lake Merritt is 140 acres .
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Old 09-12-2016, 05:50 PM
 
Location: Bel Air, California
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They are fresh water, but were created by the same forces that made the Puget Sound, glaciers from the Ice Age.
Babe the Blue Ox made Minnesota's lakes

https://youtu.be/lhOIqPgvcZs?t=49s
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Old 09-13-2016, 08:55 PM
 
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Minneapolis Chain of Lakes aren't the biggest, but among the most "urban" as they are smack dab in the city, surrounded by residential neighborhoods on all sides, and with a few commercial districts close by (mainly Uptown and the commercial strip west of Lake Calhoun on the northern end).

Lake Calhoun - 401 Acres
Lake Harriet - 335 Acres
Lake of the Isles - 109 Acres
Cedar Lake - 169 - Acres

And, they are all interconnected, so together they're an impressive 1014 Acres (larger than Central Park) in the city limits.
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Old 09-14-2016, 12:59 AM
 
Location: Minneapolis, MN
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You mention Detroit......I once was taken to a place in suburban Detroit, a very urbanized place that had a huge lake with a large beach on it. It is called Lake Saint Clair, and it is connected to the bigger Great Lakes through the Detroit River. This lake is so big I could not see across it, but it is not really a great lake.


Another one I have seen is New Orleans and Lake Pontchartrain, It is huge like the lake in Michigan, though not sure which one is bigger. There is a bridge across Lake Pontchartrain that looks to drive off into the watery abyss, it is miles and miles long.


I know I misspelled, so you don't need to tell me.
Wow, I didn't know Lake Saint Clair was its own lake. I just thought it was a little bay on Lake Erie or something.
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Old 09-14-2016, 02:02 PM
 
Location: Chicago
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Lake Union Seattle is 580 acres Lake Merritt is 140 acres .
is it completely in seattle city limits?
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Old 09-14-2016, 07:51 PM
 
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White Rock lake is 1254 acres and is completely within the city of Dallas.
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Old 09-14-2016, 08:53 PM
 
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is it completely in seattle city limits?
Yes, it's almost exactly in the center of Seattle.

Green Lake is another, also completely within Seattle. 259 acres within a public park.
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Old 09-14-2016, 09:33 PM
 
Location: Seattle WA, USA
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Lake Monona and Lake Mendota in Madison, WI came immediately to my mind because I know that the downtown area of Madison is built on an isthmus between the two. I looked them up and it seems Lake Mendota is fairly large and would qualify for this list. It has a surface area of 15.2 square miles. Lake Monona has a surface area of 5.1 square miles.
At first it seamed that Mendota wouldn't count since it's northern shore is rural, however taking a closer look it seems there is a thin sliver of development along the shore, and at 15.2 sq mi it takes the 8th spot on the list, pushing out Lake Sammamish.
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