Lake Kittamaqundi: The meeting place

Sometimes you need a quick fix with nature and this lake, with a Native American name that means “meeting place”, won’t disappoint you!

Where? Lake Kittamaqundi, Columbia, Maryland, USA

How much? Free

Open/Closes: I couldn’t find anything official, but as with almost every park, I would assume that is open from sunrise to sunset.

Pets: Plenty of people there with their dogs.

At a Glance

Kid friendly ✅ The Lake Kittamaqundi Loop Trail is very short, 1.4 miles roundtrip. You can walk, bike, ride a scooter or just bring food and have a picnic while appreciating the beautiful lake! Moreover, there is a bike rental station, The Howard County Bikeshare. Also, there is a park under construction, The Vivian C. “Millie” Park. Finally, there is a huge water fountain that is the coolest fountain ever!


Stroller friendly ✅ Wheelchair accesible ✅ The Park has ramps and the trail is concrete and some parts are wood (walking on a bridge).


Restrooms ❌I didn’t see any, not even portables. But a little #lifehack here, there’s a whole foods nearby. Just saying…


Social distancing ✅ Most people were wearing masks and keeping their distance. Besides, most are moving anyways. Those that aren’t are having a picnic in shaded areas that you can easily avoid.


My takeaway✨This lake is a great idea when you are looking for a place that combines nature and a little bit of urban life. Particularly, if you are feeling isolated and just want to interact with people from afar. You can also get to Wilde Lake from here. I’m already planning a future bike ride there!

More details of Our Experience

The easiest way to access the lake trail is by parking near the Whole Foods. That’s also where the bike rental station and Vivian C. “Millie” Park is. Click on the map to get the directions on Google Maps.

Yes, this lake is right next to The Mall in Columbia

The trail takes you along the lake where there are multiple benches for you to seat and appreciate the scenery.

During our visit, we saw ducks, turtles and kois in the lake. The ducks were particularly friendly. Probably because they are used to people feeding them. Although that is a no-no for wildlife, the kids were super thrilled to see the ducks from so close.

Hi! Ducks

For those that love flowers, there is small garden close to the entrance.

But my kids favorite part is the enormous water fountain! This was the most exciting thing of the entire visit. And yes, you’ll get splashed with water if you go near.

Finally, this visit was a quick stop to chase a sunset over a body of water. We didn’t walk the entire loop, since it was late and it was about to rain. Also, I would rather do that with our bikes to go all the way to Wilde Lake. Even though, we had the loveliest evening here by having a picnic dinner with this beautiful view.

I hope you have a great time visiting this beautiful place. Being in contact with nature is proven to make you feel better and happier. Let me know if you go how it goes and remember that the easiest way to stay posted and in touch is to follow me on insta, where I also share videos of the places in my stories/highlights!

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