As the largest lake in the Twin Cities and the 9th largest lake in the state, Lake Minnetonka is one of Minnesota’s greatest natural assets. Home to approximately 4,000 residential and commercial parcels and visited by many more lake enthusiasts, Lake Minnetonka depends on everyone to practice lake-friendly boating. The following guidance helps boaters and other recreationists to protect the environmental integrity, safety, and uniqueness of Lake Minnetonka.
Preventing the Spread of Aquatic Invasive Species
Help stop the spread of AIS by taking proper precautions with all recreational equipment that comes in contact with Lake Minnetonka waters. If you have questions or notice any suspicious aquatic animals or vegetation, please contact the LMCD office.
- Proper Cleaning & Inspection of Recreational Equipment
- Use proper bait and dispose of leftover bait in a trash receptacle, not the water.
- Proper Maintenance and Installation of Dock Structures, Boat Lifts, & More
Boating Safely and Respectfully
Being that Lake Minnetonka is one of the largest and busiest lakes in Minnesota, certain additional regulations are in place to protect residents and visitors. The summer rules brochure highlights instances where Lake Minnetonka regulations go beyond what is required by state law.
- Lake Minnetonka Summer Rules Brochure
- Minnesota Boating Guide
- Lake Minnetonka Boating Regulations (LMCD Code)
- Own Your Wake
Requirements for Residential Structures, Watercraft, and Storage
View more lake safety tips to promote a safe and fun boating experience.