• Weed-Wonder Workshop

    Have you wondered what some of the weeds are that you see?

    Join us, along with experts on aquatic plants and habitat for a hands-on workshop to identify and answer questions about some of Lake Minnetonka's perplexing plants and weeds.

    Thursday, August 17th

    4:30 - 6:30 p.m.

    4:30 p.m. boat departure (weather permitting)

    Tonka Bay Marina

    220 Tonka Bay Road

    Tonka Bay, MN 55331


    To be added to our waiting list:

    Email your name, and address to: workshops@LMAssociation.org

    (You will receive a confirmation email)

    *Please note: this workshop is available for participants 16 years or older.



  • The Lake Minnetonka Association joins with others statewide in search of starry stonewart.

    On August 5th, the Lake Minnetonka Association, along with others around the state, have partnered with the Minnesota Aquatic Invasive Species Research Center and community volunteers in a search of area lakes for Starry stonewart.

    Starry stonewort is an invasive algae that was first found in Lake Koronis in 2015 and has since spread to nine 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.

    If you are interested in volunteering for this event, please join us at the Excelsior Commons on Saturday, August 5th at 8:30am.

    For a full list of the sites and other FAQs, please visit www.StarryTrek.org



  • Clean-Up Time!

    After Holiday Lake Clean-Up

    The Lake Minnetonka Association, in partnership with Life’s a Beach Shoreline Services and Tonka Bay Marina went out for the annual July 5th - After Holiday Lake Clean-Up. The clean-up was focused in “Cruiser’s Cove” surrounding Big Island, in efforts to keep the area as trash free as possible.

    Every July 4th, hundreds of boaters and fun seekers come to Big Island to drop anchor and revel with others to celebrate the July 4th holiday, leaving behind of broken bottles, beer cans, and other trash. Not only is the mess, but broken bottles and cans can cause serious cuts and pose a hazard to people wading or swimming in this popular spot.

    Lake Minnetonka is a Minnesota treasure and is open for everyone to enjoy. The Lake Minnetonka Association encourages boaters to enjoy celebrations in and around the lake, but asks for your help to keep the lake clean and trash free. Garbage receptacles are available at all public accesses and marinas.

    We want everyone to enjoy the lake; it is a spectacular resource, but we urge everyone to, please pack up your garbage and dispose of it properly.

    Thank you to all that helped in this important effort!



  • What a great event!

    We would like to thank all of you that came to the Meet & Greet Event and Annual Meeting, on Wednesday, June 14th at Lord Fletcher's!

    It was a great event, and a wonderful way to kick off summer!.

    Eric Evenson, our new Executive Director, along with the Lake Minnetonka leadership team was there to answer questions and discuss topics regarding the lake.

    Also there, was special Guest Bob Gasch recalling the "glory days" of Lake Minnetonka, with a presentation including fascinating descriptions and stories about the boats and boaters from the early years on Lake Minnetonka.

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



  • 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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