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Lake Minnetonka Regional Park is the perfect place for families to enjoy a Saturday afternoon. Bring a picnic and enjoy a lakeside lunch. Learn more...

Noerenberg Gardens

Situated on the north shore of Lake Minnetonka’s majestic Crystal Bay, Noerenberg Memorial Gardens offers a tranquil retreat to the quiet elegance and grace of days gone by. A favorite subject for local artists and an idyllic location for weddings. Learn more...



Southwest Regional LRT Trail

Following abandoned railroad beds, this 27-mile trail consists of two corridors between Hopkins and Victoria and between Hopkins and Chanhassen.

With grades of five percent or less, the 10-foot wide crushed limestone trail is ideal for biking, walking or running.  The trail is two-way and includes wooden bridges and several road crossings.  The corridors were acquired by the Hennepin County Regional Railroad Authority (HCRRA) for future light rail transit use.  A cooperative agreement between HCRRA and Three Rivers Park District allows the corridors to be used for interim recreational purposes.  Three Rivers Park District operates the trail for spring, summer and fall.  Check with municipalities for permitted winter trail activities.

Trail Highlights:

  • 27 miles of trail for biking, walking, running and pet walking.
  • Scenic views of Minnehaha Creek, Lake Minnetonka, Lake Riley, Bluff Creek Ravine and Minnesota River Valley.
  • Trail passes through or near Carver Park Reserve and city parks with picnic and toilet facilities.

Parking Areas:

  • North Loop
    -Carver Park Reserve, Victoria
    -Minnetonka Civic Center Park, Minnetonka
    -Big Willow Park, Minnetonka
  • South Loop
    -Transit Park and Ride, Excelsior Blvd and 8th Ave, Hopkins
    -Miller Park, Eden Prairie
    -Riley Lake Park, Chanhassen
    -Bluff Creek Drive, Chaska


Get Busy!

The spring months bring countless opportunities for wholesome family activities. To find out about happenings in the Lake Minnetonka area, visit our complete Calendar of Events!

Lake Minnetonka: An area steeped in history

From the days when Dakota Indians inhabited her shores, leaving behind ancient burial mounds which are still visible today, to the era of the steam locomotive and the paddle wheeler when grand Victorian hotels and amusement parks stood proudly on her banks, there has always been something alluring about this enchanted body of water. Learn more...