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Within biking distance of our house is Lake Vadnais, which is a source for St. Paul water, so there is no housing or boating on it. This lake has a park around it and a dirt road running through it. We parked our bikes on this and walked and found a little path from the dirt road towards the lake. We followed this perfect little trail and it brought us to a very thin, but surprisingly long peninsula (you can see it on the east side of the lake on the map. This proved to be a little adventure as I help our small kids get across gaps in the peninsula.
The excellent thing about it, is that from much of the lake (since it is lacking homes and other manmade structures) you can almost believe that you are in the North woods.
This is one of the reasons we moved to this area of the cities.