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Old 09-09-2016, 10:09 PM
 
Location: Seattle WA, USA
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What are the largest lakes that are urban/suburban? What I mean is that the entire coastline of the lake is surrounded by urban/suburban area, with no rural or wild areas. Of course there can be parks/protected land on the coast line, but it needs to be clearly surrounded by the city/cities. I was looking at satellite images and it seems that many cities don't have large lakes. Yes there are the cities on the great lakes such as Chicago, but it's not completely surrounded by cities/suburbs.

The largest one I found so far is Lake Washington surrounded by the cities of Seattle, Renton, Newcastle, Bellevue, Medina, Hunts Point, Yarrow Point, Kirkland, Kenmore, Lake Forest Park, and Mercer Island.

It has a surface area of 33.8 sq mi, a length of 22 mi, and a max depth of 214ft.

Lake Washington https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lake_Washington


Another large one is Lake Sammamish, not far away, surrounded by the cities of Bellevue, Issaquah, Sammamish, and Redmond.

It has a surface area of 7.7 sq mi, a length of 7.3 mi, and a max depth of 105 ft.

Lake Sammamish https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lake_Sammamish


The largest one I found out side of the Seattle area is Lake Minnetonka, it is in the greater Minneapolis area surrounded by the cities of Minnetonka, Woodland, Deephaven, Greenwood, Excelsior, Shorewood, Tonka Bay, Mound, Spring Park, Minnetonka Beach, Orono, and Wayzata.

It has a surface area of 22.7 sq mi, and a max depth of 113 ft.

Lake Minnetonka https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lake_Minnetonka


lets make the cut off point at 5 sq mi (3,200 acres)

also if you feel like sharing a lake that isn't extremely large, but very urban you can do that as well such as Lake Union in Seattle.

It has a surface area of 0.9 sq mi and a maximum depth of 50 ft.

Lake Union https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lake_Union
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Old 09-09-2016, 10:45 PM
 
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Another great thing about Lake Washington and Lake Union is that they're navigatable by sizeable ocean-going ships through the Ballard Locks. That allows them, particularly Lake Union and the ship canal's other wide spots, to be actual working waterfront in addition to the pleasureboats, residences, etc.

Here's another great thing. Hills surround all of these lakes, so along with Puget Sound, a large percentage of the Seattle metro can see water from their kitchen window, or the bus stop, or whatever.

The area has many miles of waterfront overall. The Seattle area is expensive and money tends to follow the waterfronts, but the bar is relatively low to live by the water vs. in many other cities.
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Old 09-10-2016, 03:03 PM
 
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When the first post shows a clear winner, sometimes others don't bother participating.

Maybe the question should be who takes third, or maybe second.
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Old 09-10-2016, 05:16 PM
 
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When the first post shows a clear winner, sometimes others don't bother participating.

Maybe the question should be who takes third, or maybe second.
Okay so what would be the top ten? Also which would be the most urban large lake? I would consider a lake to be large if you can go boating on it (if it were allowed)
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Old 09-10-2016, 05:30 PM
 
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I'm going around the country on maps and not seeing any large contenders. New Orleans, Charlotte, Syracuse, Dallas, Houston, and others have big lakes on the edge of town or even reasonably close-in, but they're all rural or wild on one or more sides.

A lot more cities have lakes you can boat on. The average 500-acre reservoir probably has power boats on it. Maybe the bar would be sailboats or cabin cruisers?
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Old 09-10-2016, 05:38 PM
 
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Okay so what would be the top ten? Also which would be the most urban large lake? I would consider a lake to be large if you can go boating on it (if it were allowed)
Uh, that's a very low bar for 'large'. Twin cities has like 75 of those in its cities/suburbs I'd bet.
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Old 09-10-2016, 05:51 PM
 
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Uh, that's a very low bar for 'large'. Twin cities has like 75 of those in its cities/suburbs I'd bet.
That criteria is low for the second part because I doubt there are many lakes completely surrounded by mid to high rises, but for the top ten it would be exactly that, the top ten. So are there any lakes that are more urban than lake Union? And are there any lakes larger than lake sammamish? If not would come next?
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Old 09-10-2016, 06:49 PM
 
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Check out East Lake Tohopekaliga just to the southeast of Orlando. I believe it is a 14,000 acre lake and seems to be surrounded by development. Looks like the cities of St Cloud, Orlando and others.
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Old 09-10-2016, 06:54 PM
 
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So I found another large one it's just outside of Orlando, East Lake Tohopekaliga: It's Surface Area is 18.7 sq mi and a maximum depth of 18 ft https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/East_Lake_Tohopekaliga

So the list so far looks like

1. Lake Washington: 33.8 sq mi https://www.google.com/maps/@47.6225...1!1e3?hl=en-US

2. Lake Minnatonka: 22.7 sq mi https://www.google.com/maps/@44.9292...1!1e3?hl=en-US

3. East Lake Tohopekaliga: 18.7 sq mi https://www.google.com/maps/@28.2931.../data=!3m1!1e3

4. Lake Sammamish: 7.7 sq mi https://www.google.com/maps/@47.5943...1!1e3?hl=en-US
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Old 09-10-2016, 07:16 PM
 
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That criteria is low for the second part because I doubt there are many lakes completely surrounded by mid to high rises, but for the top ten it would be exactly that, the top ten. So are there any lakes that are more urban than lake Union? And are there any lakes larger than lake sammamish? If not would come next?
The urban lakes in MSP are smaller. The Chain of Lakes in Minneapolis are surrounded by the wealthiest neighborhoods of Minneapolis but each lake isn't that big in itself.

Minnetonka is the largest in the metro and it's suburban.

Detroit has suburban lakes in the Northwest metro but they aren't that big.
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