3.2.2 Lakes

The lake inventory for the District includes 65 basins over 10 acres in size.   Figure 22 shows the lakes within the District as well as other smaller basins identified by the DNR.   Table 16 summarizes this information and includes information on lake size and depth. 

Table 16.  Physical characteristics of basins over 10 acres in the Minnehaha Creek Watershed District (MCWD).

Lake Name  Subwatershed  DNR Shoreland Classification  Maximum
Depth
(ft) 
Mean
Depth
(ft) 
Surface Area (ac) 
Upper Watershed: Carver County
Auburn East Six Mile Marsh Recreational Development 45   116
Auburn West Six Mile Marsh Recreational Development 84 17 140
Carl Krey Six Mile Marsh Natural Environment     41
Church Six Mile Marsh Recreational Development     13
Lunsten Six Mile Marsh Natural Environment     153
Marsh Six Mile Marsh Natural Environment     139
Parley Six Mile Marsh Recreational Development 20   247
Piersons Six Mile Marsh Recreational Development 40   277
Steiger Six Mile Marsh Recreational Development 37 11 164
Stone Six Mile Marsh Natural Environment 30 7 100
Turbid Six Mile Marsh Natural Environment     31

Wassermann

Six Mile Marsh

Recreational Development

41

7

153

Zumbra-Sunny

Six Mile Marsh

Recreational Development

58

14

162

Minnewashta

Virginia

Recreational Development

70

15

656

St. Joe

Virginia

Natural Environment

   

18

Tamarack

Virginia

Natural Environment

82

 

24

Virginia

Virginia

Recreational Development

   

99

Schutz

Schutz

Recreational Development

49

 

105

Upper Watershed: Hennepin County

Christmas Christmas Recreational Development

87

33

276
Como Christmas Recreational Development     10
Dutch Dutch Recreational Development

45

15

160
Gleason Gleason Recreational Development

16

8

156
Hadley Gleason Recreational Development     33
Snyder Gleason Recreational Development     10
Mud Six Mile Marsh Natural Environment     70
Classen Lake Minnetonka Natural Environment     43
Forest Lake Minnetonka General Development

42

  84
French Marsh Lake Minnetonka Natural Environment     30
Galpin Lake Minnetonka Recreational Development     44
Louise Lake Minnetonka Not in Shoreland Program     7
Marion Lake Minnetonka Recreational Development     12
Minnetonka Lake Minnetonka General Development

113

  14,004
Shaver Lake Minnetonka Recreational Development     17
William Lake Minnetonka Not in Shoreland Program     15
Langdon Langdon Recreational Development

38

8

144
Saunders Langdon Natural Environment     53
Katrina Painter Natural Environment     202
Thies Painter Natural Environment     11
Dickeys Long Lake Natural Environment     26
Holy Name Long Lake Recreational Development     65
Long Long Lake Recreational Development

38

8

144
Lydiard Long Lake Natural Environment     19
Mooney Long Lake Recreational Development

19

  60
School Lake Long Lake Natural Environment     10
Tanager Long Lake Recreational Development     74
Wolsfeld Long Lake Natural Environment     33

Lower Watershed

Bass

Minnehaha Creek

Not in Shoreland Program

   

49

Brownie

Minnehaha Creek

Natural Environment

20

 

12

Calhoun

Minnehaha Creek

Recreational Development

90

35

408

Cedar

Minnehaha Creek

Recreational Development

51

20

170

Diamond

Minnehaha Creek

General Development

6

 

54

Edina Mill Pond

Minnehaha Creek

General Development

   

14

Hannan

Minnehaha Creek

Recreational Development

   

20

Harriet

Minnehaha Creek

Recreational Development

82

29

353

Hiawatha

Minnehaha Creek

Natural Environment

30

15

54

Lake of the Isles

Minnehaha Creek

Recreational Development

31

9

103

Legion

Minnehaha Creek

Recreational Development

   

50

Libbs

Minnehaha Creek

General Development

8

 

17

Meadowbrook

Minnehaha Creek

Natural Environment

   

20

Mother

Minnehaha Creek

Natural Environment

   

20

Nokomis

Minnehaha Creek

Natural Environment

33

14

204

Powderhorn

Minnehaha Creek

Natural Environment

20

 

11

Taft

Minnehaha Creek

Not in Shoreland Program

   

17

Twin

Minnehaha Creek

Not in Shoreland Program

   

13

Windsor

Minnehaha Creek

Recreational Development

   

13

Note:  Where no data is shown, that information is unknown.

Lake Minnetonka, the largest and deepest lake in the watershed, is the tenth largest lake in Minnesota.  It covers an area of 14,004 acres (22.6 square miles), has 131 miles of shoreline and a maximum depth of 113 feet.   It is comprised of numerous interconnected bays and central basins.

Table 17.  Physical characteristics of the bays of Lake Minnetonka.

Lake Minnetonka Bay Name  Maximum Depth (ft)  Mean Dept (ft)  Surface Area (ac) 
Black Lake 25
25
Browns Bay


Carman Bay 20

Carsons Bay 29

Cooks Bay 43
362
Crystal Bay 113 28 900
East Upper Lake 48
1956
Gideon Bay 57

Grays Bay 28
207
Halsted Bay 36 13 544
Harrisons Bay 46 9 211
Jennings Bay 26 11 290
Lafayette Bay


Lower Lake South 77
1069
Maxwell Bay 44 14 300
North Arm 64 14 307
Phelps Bay


Priests Bay 46

Robinsons Bay


Seton Bay


Smiths Bay 80

Smithtown Bay


Spring Park Bay 36
408
St. Albans Bay 44 14 164
St. Louis Bay


Stubbs Bay 37 13 195
Wayzata Bay 63
751
West Arm 44 11 580
West Upper Lake 84
879

Note:  Where no data is shown, that information is unknown.