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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...
Settlers arrived in Long Lake in 1855. They coexisted peacefully with the Chippewa indians until the early 1860's.
Although, due to better roads greater numbers of people were discovering this attractive outpost on the northern shore of Lake Minnetonka, it remained a sleepy village, populated by farmers, trappers and loggers for its first two decades.
The area really began to grow when James J. Hill's Great Northern Railroad connected Long Lake with Minneapolis in the late 1860's. A meeting hall and a sawmill were erected, and boarding houses and restaurants sprung up to accommodate the many summer visitors from the Twin Cities.
Long Lake remained a combination of residential area and tourist destination for most of the 20th century, but the 1970's and 1980's saw the end of the lakeside rental cabin era. It is now completely residential.
Today, Long Lake is as beautiful as ever - probably more so, as recent development projects have given a needed facelift to its commercial district. It's still a wonderful place to visit, and an even better place to call home.
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...