• Fall is Here!

    Looking forward to a great Fall on the Lake!

    Successful new projects, programs and events puts the Lake Minnetonka Association in a solid position.

    Here are just a few exciting things the Lake Minnetonka Association has in the works:

    --Special Events and Educational Workshops focused on the preservation and protection of Lake Minnetonka and to promote social interaction among members.

    --Researching and advocating new and updated methods for the prevention and control of aquatic invasive species in Lake Minnetonka.

    --Clean-Up efforts to remove trash from the lake.

    --Successful management of watermilfoil and curlyleaf pondweed in bays participating in the Bay Project program, plus help and support for it's Bay Captains.

    --Advocating for lake interests, providing education, and keeping residents and businesses informed about issues affecting the lake and how to protect it.

    --Partnering with other regional and state-wide organizations to extend and strengthen your voice.

    The Lake Minnetonka Association and its members are the eyes and ears on issues affecting our lake and our community. In addition, we work at the local and state level to provide better protection, extend our reach, and broaden support.

    If your not already a member - please Join Us!

    Help protect the lake we love!

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  • Thank You for a Great Event!

    We would like to thank all of you that came to the Social Event and Lake Minnetonka Association Annual Meeting - Tuesday, August 28 at Lord Fletcher's!

    Moonshiners & Bootleggers on Lake Minnetonka

    It was a great event, and a wonderful way to celebrate the end of summer with our members, new members, and Lake Minnetonka community.

    The Lake Minnetonka Association leadership team was there for the annual meeting and to answer questions and discuss topics regarding the lake.

    Also there, was special guest and Lake Minnetonka historian, Bob Gasch recalling the Prohibition (1919-1933) era, and how it created a real challenge for vacationing cottagers, small resorts and hotels.

    Thank you for your support, and thank you for making this such a great event!

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  • Thank you to our Volunteers in the search for Starry Stonewart

    On August 18th, the Lake Minnetonka Association, partnered with Fortin Consulting, Inc. and the Minnesota Aquatic Invasive Species Research Center and community volunteers in a search of area lakes for Starry Stonewart.

    In our Hennipen County Group - search results included:

    7 Lakes

    10 Launches

    No Starry Stonewart found in those areas!

    Starry stonewort is an invasive algae that was first found in Lake Koronis in 2015 and has since spread to twelve known Minnesota lakes. Early detection of this species is critical for control. By learning more about starry stonewort and other aquatic invasive species can truly make a difference in the health of area lakes. The information gained will help researchers and managers understand its current distribution and potentially take action if new infestations are found.

    Again, thank you for all of the dedicated effort by the volunteers!

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  • Less Trash Found!

    Once again, the Lake Minnetonka Lake Association teamed up with Tonka Bay Marina and Life’s A Beach Shoreline Services for the post 4th of July lake cleanup event at Big Island.

    The weather kept many people off the lake on July 4th, but the rest of the week drew large numbers of boaters and parties to the lake.

    This year there was a two part effort - the Hennepin County dive team scoured the area around Big Island on the 5th and the crew from Life’s A Beach Shoreline Services picked up trash on the 9th. Both groups reported that very little trash was found this year.

    The Lake Minnetonka Association asks everyone to be responsible. Don’t throw your garbage in the water. It’s simple: bring your trash back to shore. Most public accesses and marinas have trash receptacles near their launches.

    THANK YOU to Life’s A Beach Shoreline Services and Tonka Bay Marina for their continued support, and to Joey Nova’s for providing pizzas to volunteers who helped with the clean-up!

    Also, thank you to all that helped in this important effort!

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  • The Battle Against AIS Can be Won

    The Lake Minnetonka Association’s Bay treatment program has all but eliminated non-native milfoil and curlyleaf pondweed in areas that have been regularly treated; even in areas with sporadic treatment, non-native milfoil and curlyleaf pondweed has been reduced by 70%-90%. If we had the funds necessary and support from state agencies, the problems with non-native milfoil can become a distant memory.

    Ongoing research conducted by the Minnesota Aquatic Invasive Species Research Center (MAISRC) shows great promise that Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) not only can be controlled, but some species may even be eradicated.

    However, even if all of AIS were eradicated from Lake Minnetonka, preventative measures will still be needed to keep the lake from becoming reinvested.

    To do this, it will take:

    Stronger laws to protect new invasive species from entering our state at its borders and from being transferred between lakes within the state.

    Implementation of cost-effective statewide controls such as centralized inspection locations, lake based boat licensing, inspection tagging, radio-frequency identification technology (RFID tags), etc.

    Willingness of state agencies and local law enforcement to implement existing laws that prohibit the transport of AIS.

    State and Federal funds to sustain AIS research.

    A moratorium on new or expanded public accesses until effective controls are in place to control the spread of AIS.

    Commitment of all anglers, boaters, and other lake users to become part of the solution to prevent the movement of AIS.

    Action by lake residents and lake users to contact state and local officials about the importance of preventing the spread of AIS to maintain property values and the economic and ecologic vitality of lakes.

    • A positive attitude that the battle against AIS will be won.

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