Hydration, hydration, hydration!
Hydration is so important for runners. Often times though, it’s easier said than done when on the run. Though I have a few fuel belts that I like, I still fully appreciate and utilize the public fountains found on the Minneapolis trails. Here are my five favorite water fountains!
(Quick caveat: technically, I’m from Wisconsin, so I should call these bubblers. But now that I’ve been in Minnesota as long as I was in Wisconsin, I call them water fountains!)
1. The Lake Harriet Bandshell Fountain.
This fountain is not a pump like many of the others on the trails. Rather, its ‘automatic’ and both fountains can be used at the same time ( as well as a nice bowl for your furry running companion too!)
Iron Level: Low
Temperature: Luke warm.
2. The South Beach of Lake Harriet Fountain.
Currently the handle on this pump is not on the fountain- so sad. So for the summer of 2016, this particular fountain is not an option. Now, why would I put a fountain on this list that’s out of commission? Because when it is working, it’s one of my favorites. The water is very cold. There’s a bowl for your pup, Sure you have to work hard to pump it to get the water out, but when you do, it’s worth it!
This pump is located right on South Beach of Lake Harriet where you can split to run to Minnehaha Parkway. It’s a great location for a much needed water break!
3. The Lynnhurst Park water fountain.
Located by public restrooms (score!), this water fountain is another automatic one. The water is fresh and cold. On a hot day, the nearby wading pool is very tempting! Conveniently located about a mile down Minnehaha Parkway.
4. The Bunny water fountain.
Wait- no longer “The Bunny.” His formal name is Cottontail on the Trail. So this should be the Cottontail on the Trail water fountain!
This is another pump fountain. The water can be pretty iron-tasting but its cold and in a much-needed spot about 2.5 miles down the Minnehaha Parkway running trail. And who can resist a quick hello to Cottontail on the Trail?
5. The North Side Lake of the Isles Water Fountain.
Cold is the name of the game here. So cold. Very iron-tasting but so refreshing none the less. Great stop if you’re on your way to or from some hill repeats on Kenwood Parkway.
Okay, since a few of these fountains are out of commission, I will give you two more that ARE working on Lake of the Isles!
5+. Lake of the Isles south side fountain
This fountain is city water- very refreshing
5++. Lake of the Isles southwest fountain.
This fountain is right off Dean Parkway coming from the Calhoun Beach Club.
There is a fountain outside of the building that houses the Tin Fish restaurant on Lake Calhoun. It’s not very cold, but its convenient and its water, which is often all you need.
There is also a very cold and very awesome fountain inside the pavilion off the Lake Harriet Bandshell where Bread & Pickle is located. The building has to be open to access this one though, so if you’re running very early in the morning, this one isn’t an option.
Did I miss any of your favorite fountains?
This post was mostly focused on the lakes because that’s where I run the most. Please share your favorites in other locations, like the River Road, etc!
I love the pump fountain on the south side of Lake Calhoun! It’s usually pretty cold and not too iron tasting. I always stop at this one on my tours around the lakes 🙂
Cold and not too iron-y: that’s a solid recommendation 🙂
Solid list. The one on the west side of Cedar is also a favorite. Can’t beat that water pressure! (Although, one time I was there when it was really low and a man near me referred to it as “The Lolipop of Minneapolis.” Hard to get that visual out of my mind! )
Oh that’s a great one! How could I forget.
Hmm…the lollipop of Minneapolis- eew!
I am spoiled in the suburbs – I have a variety of long runs I can do that hit a fountain every 4 miles or so. Allows for variety without carrying water.
Lately I’ve been biking as cross training to try and kick a nagging case of plantar fasciitis, and biking the Elm Creek park loops. Lots of nice trails and more varied terrain, but quite lacking in water fountains. So not as ideal for running.
Oh no, sorry to hear about your injury!
I have heard Elm Creek is really nice.
You are spoiled in the burbs 🙂
Also, if you google “Twin Cities water fountain” and click the first link, you get an editable map in Google Maps of local water fountains. You can add your favorites. Helpful for designing new routes.
Nice, thanks Eric!
cool post 🙂 I’m always skeptical of using the water fountains because I feel like all the homeless people just “destroy” them but when I have to, I will. Normally, they’re very lukewarm! I wish I could find a cold refreshing water fountain like the ones on your post. I usually just pack my water bottle with a BUNCH of ice cubes and by the time I need to hydrate, they’re melted. If I’m going for a long run, then I pack my Nathan hydration backpack. yes…. I really cannot stand these local water fountains. I should get over it… Read more »
In the name of hydration, I got over any fear of public fountains pretty quickly! There aren’t a ton of homeless people in Minneapolis though- too cold in the winter 🙂
Lake Harriet South Beach fountain is back on! I noticed it earlier this week or maybe last weekend. I love that one and have struggled without it so am happy to have it back.
Yay! This makes me so happy. After all, it IS one of my favorite (and apparently one of yours too!)
Cedar lake south beach fountain! Definitely my favorite. I’m waiting for the day when they put water and bathrooms (even a porta potty) along the Greenway. It’s definitely a trail I avoid for long runs since there is no support.
I totally agree! I actually wrote the Park & Rec a letter years ago asking for a porta potty along the Greenway and they gave me a bunch of reasons why logistically there isn’t a place to put one.
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Thanks for the article.
My question is though,
Except for the well water pumps, aren’t all the drinking fountains just like tap water… meaning unfiltered and full of chlorine and fluoride?
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