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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...
View of Cook's Bay in Mound.
"Mound City" was first settled in the year 1853. A number of colorful personalities made their homes in this remote outpost - the most famous of which was the "Hermit of Lake Minnetonka".
This eccentric fellow, along with his brother the "Second Hermit", owned a rustic cabin on Halstead's Bay called "The Hermitage". Word of the hermit's lifestyle and penchant for collecting Indian artifacts and Civil War memorabilia spread, until ironically, his remote outpost became a popular tourist attraction.
Hermit One was eventually found at the bottom of the lake with stones tied around his waist. Oddly, it was deemed a suicide!
At the turn of the (20th) century, Mound became a popular lakeside destination. A number of hotels sprang up, along with an elegant casino. more recently, Mound has become a popular residential community with many thriving businesses.
Trivia: Mound is the birthplace of one of the most successful toy manufacturers in history - Tonka Toys. It was also the boyhood home of Kevin Sorbo from the popular "Hercules" TV series.
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...