Lake Riley report Hennepin/Carver County MN – (Eden Prairie and Chanhassen)

This 297 acre Hennepin County lake is fully recreational, with some wake restrictions posted at the public access on the southeast corner of the lake. It’s a great lake for fishing, and has pike and largemouth bass populations managed by the DNR. Walleye populations are healthy, and sunnies are plentiful here. Panfish abound in the southwest bay, especially during spring and early summer.

overcast sky at lake rile
Fishing on overcast days can be productive here.


Water clarity is low, so flashy artificial baits are helpful, like spinners or bright plastic worms. (Nutrient levels, i.e. phosphorus are high.) The lake lacks structure, so locals fish by trolling the weedline. If you want northern, use a slip-bobber with sucker minnows. Walleye are active at steep drop-offs, at about 10 feet, and they like to eat lindy rigs.

public access at lake riley
Public access is on the south end of the lake in Eden Prairie

According to the Northstar Regional Minnesota MLS, there are four lakeshore homes for sale here at the time of this post, with an average asking price of $1,641,725, an average size of 4447 square feet. Over the last two years, lakeshore real estate sales have averaged $848,238, this number being skewed by the sale of a small home. Top sale price was $1,795,000. There are usually a number of Rottlund detached townhomes with deeded access on the north (Chanhassen) side of the lake; prices are are 250k or less.

Baptism at Lake Riley
Gathering for baptism on the east shore of Lake Riley, Eden Prairie MN

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