Arguably the best choice for a lake run in St. Paul is the Lake Como, located northwest from the downtown. It is a popular recreation area and features some nice attractions, such as Como Park Zoo and Conservatory. The loop around the lake is 1.7 miles and for the longer run, there are add-on possibilities by connecting up with the trails in Como Park at south end. Route here for an additional 2 miles, making it total 3.7 miles. The loop is accessible basically from anywhere in the park, but a good place to start is at the Pavilion, which also features parking lots.