If you have questions about any of the resources listed below, please don’t hesitate to contact LMCD.
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Lake Minnetonka is for everyone to enjoy, and our code of ordinances helps manage and regulate this incredible natural resource.
Efforts have been made to ensure the accuracy of the information on this website. However, due the compatibility of different web browsers, changes to source material, and the possibility of unauthorized access to this site, information contained on this website should not be deemed reliable for legal purposes. Please contact the LMCD office at (952) 745-0789 to verify the accuracy of the information or questions about specific projects.
You have questions; we have answers. Browse our quick reference handouts and manuals for detail on common rules and regulations.
Our lake has been an important resource for centuries, and the Lake LMCD is committed to preserving its rich history. Review our reports to learn more.
Lake projects are important to recreational, wellness, and economic considerations. Understanding the regulations that protect and balance the unique and varied aspects of the lake and its stakeholders is important for a successful project. Commercial activity is an essential part of Lake Minnetonka. If you’re looking to operate watercraft for hire or need a liquor license, you’ll find the license applications you need below. If you are a resident, looking for a variance, please be sure to submit the necessary applications before you buy watercraft or begin construction. Please review the application guidelines so your submittal is able to be properly reviewed and processed within the timelines.
Proper planning for a project often starts with a good site plan that indicates the specific characteristics of the site. Pre-design or application meetings with staff are also offered to help facilitate your project. The following information will help you prepare for a license, variance, or permit for a dock, watercraft storage, and other structures to allow a proper review of the request. Be sure to allow sufficient time for the process.
Bay-wide or Large Scale AIS Funding
Lake Minnetonka is home to both residents and businesses, and it welcomes thousands of visitors each year. Find contact information by following the links below for the four key areas. Please call the agencies directly for more details.
Information about main lake and channel navigation
Information about identifying hazardous or obstructions
Information about authorized slow speed and no wake zones
CO requirements for watercraft
Licenses and information about deicing operations and requirements
Regulations and proper use
Information about Ice house/shelter licenses and regulations
Regulations and permit requirements for fishing tournaments and special events
Fishing regulations and licenses
Information or to report nuisances about city regulations
Information or to report nuisances on the lake or on a dock
Information about signs located on the lake or on a dock or other structure
Information about the SAVE the LAKE Solar Light Program and navigation lights
Permits for events that occur on Lake Minnetonka
Information about licenses, permits, operations, and maintenance of marinas, charter boats, liquor licenses, permanent docks, and other uses
General information about licenses, permits, Location, maintenance, and concerns
Information about activities on land, such as zoning, businesses, and nuisances
General information about dock use area, location, number of watercraft/density, etc.
License information about rental watercraft, cruises, tours, and alcoholic beverages/ liquor licenses
Permits for activities with obstructions on Lake
Electrical services and connections on docks
Information about floating wetlands not connected to land
Management of aquatic vegetation, weeds, in public navigation areas
Information about restrictions and permits required for managing aquatic vegetation, weeds
Information about AIS activities on Lake Minnetonka
Information or permits for vegetation removal that is part of a wetland, vegetation, weeds attached to land
Participating businesses permitted alternatives for equipment with zebra mussels
Information about aquatic animals and invasive species
Locations of beach closures, water contamination, swimming alerts, and reopenings
Certifying citizens to optimize shoreline to improve water quality for pollution mitigation
Reporting hazardous spills and serious incidents
Inquiries or reporting of non emergency situations occurring on or into Lake
Information about riprap, sand blankets, beaches, etc.
Permits may be required from City
Requirements and permits to manipulate the lake bottom
Planning and zoning requirements, development regulations on land
No Wake and other restriction in effect when high water declared