DNR Lake ID: 27013300

Location Highlights:
Browns Bay is between Wayzata and Smiths Bay, with Lookout and Bracketts Point providing its Eastern and Western borders. Browns Bay showcases some of the best views on the lake, as it overlooks North Lower Lake West, a high-traffic bay that serves as a pass between the cities of Wayzata and Orono. The convenient location allows easy access to downtown Wayzata's robust retail and restaurant scene while being 15 minutes from downtown Minneapolis. Homes for sale in Browns Bay are either in the Wayzata or Orono School District, ranked in Minnesota's top 10 public school systems. Back in 1916, the homes on Lookout and Bracketts Points belonged to wealthy city dwellers looking for an oasis away from the city. To this day, Lookout and Bracketts Point provide a similar experience. Allowing residents to escape the busy city while still near the Twin Cities. The Points display lakeside views nearly 180 degrees around, making it extremely appealing to those who love the water.

Water Quality:
The water depth in Browns Bay ranges from 10 to 80 feet and has an A rating for water quality by the Minnehaha Creek Watershed District.

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Lake Access:
The abundance of marinas and boat launches on Browns Bay validates the value of the area. The marinas include North Shore Marina and Browns Bay Marina. These marinas allow easy access to the water, dock slips, and boat storage in the winter. Along with the marinas, Browns Bay is home to a branch of Your Boat Club, which grants boat rentals 7 days a week from late spring to early fall.

Browns Bay’s popularity and convenient location make it easy to find attractions in all four seasons. Summer events like Wayzata's Music by the Lake, James J. Hill Days, and the Lake Minnetonka Half Marathon are just a 10-minute boat ride away. In the winter, downtown Wayzata offers the Chilly Open- an on-ice golf tournament with an annual Chili Cookoff.  If the cold is not your cup of tea, you can curl up at Penny's Coffee and read a book. Along with the events, downtown Wayzata presents an abundance of incredible shopping, including local favorites: Sun and Slope, Shop 44 North, and Fashion Avenue 2. Wayzata Public Docks make it easy to get a bite from restaurants like Giannis Steakhouse, COV, and Wayzata Bar and Grill.

Sources Steamboat Minnehaha® 
Wayzata Historical Society® 
US News® 
Minnehaha Creek Watershed District® 


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