Minnetonka means “big water,” and the name certainly fits. This 14,000 acre lake is so full of points and bays that it is surrounded by about 200 miles of lakeshore. The lake is 133 ft deep at its deepest point. The source of the lake is Six Mile Creek. The outflow of the lake is Minnehaha Creek. It certainly is the largest lake anywhere in the metro area, and is a popular destination for waterskiers, fishermen, boaters, and people looking for prime Minnesota lakeshore real estate. Game fish here include muskies, northern pike, walleye, yellow perch and bluegill sunfish. If you like fishing, Lake Minnetonka real estate might be in the cards for you.
Story has it that the lake was discovered by two fourteen year old boys who paddled up Minnehaha Creek with a canoe in 1822. The lake was largely ignored until 1853 when small settlements were established and it was known as a hot tourist attraction ever since. Soon oafter, steamboats were introduced to the lake and rail lines increased the accessibility and popularity of the area. The NFL Vikings boat cruise scandal was not the first indiscretion on the lake; Frank Lloyd Wright was arrested for violating the Mann Act in a lakeside cottage with a woman who would later become his wife.
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Homes on Lake Minnetonka
With over 200 ft of prime Minnesota lakeshore, you should be able to find something that meets your needs. We’ve all read the Star Tribune article about the 32,000 square foot 53 million dollar home on Lake Minnetonka, but you don
‘t have to be a billionaire to live here. Right now, there are almost 200 homes and town homes available here; most of them under $15M and a few dozen under $1M. New construction is being developed by quality builders like Weathers Construction, McNulty, Stonewood or Keith Waters. See the best homes that include Homeworks lighting systems, seven car heated garages, infloor heat, wine cellars, home theaters, geothermal heat, cottage architecture, the works. If you are looking for the finest in Minnesota lakeshore living, you will find it here.
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