Named after Charles Christmas (1796-1884) who was a surveyor during the mid-1800s. Charles surveyed Minneapolis as well as the Excelsior area including his namesake Christmas Lake.
Source Southwest News Media®
Christmas Lake is a spring-fed lake in the western Minneapolis suburbs of Shorewood and Chanhassen. The lake is crossed by the border of Hennepin and Carver counties, with most of the area lying within the jurisdiction of the former. Christmas Lake is known for its exceptional water clarity, the best in the Minneapolis metropolitan area, with a DNR-reported clarity level of 20 feet (6.10 m). This clarity can be attributed to the fact that Christmas Lake is a spring fed lake with a sandy bottom. Although relatively small in area, Christmas Lake becomes deep (its maximum depth is 87 ft (27 m)) very quickly, forming the basin of a depression that extends all along "the Ridge" (the rim of the lake's basin). The steep nature of the shoreline means that many houses are built far above the lake with railed motorized carts to provide access to the docks at the water level. Although Christmas Lake is located very near to the much larger and more populated Lake Minnetonka, the lake culture is much different, with fewer powerboats and jet skis, although this is slowly changing. Christmas Lake is connected to Lake Minnetonka by an underground canal which can be used to raise the water level of Lake Minnetonka during droughts.
The lake is managed by The Christmas Lake Homeowners Association. The association helps to manage both water quality and boating safety on the lake as well as organize fun events like the annual Fourth of July boat parade, where boat owners turn their boats into water-borne floats, and parade from dock to dock along the shoreline.
Homes on the lake are located in the Minnetonka School District.
Real Estate Statistics
Property Types (active listings)
DNR Lake ID: 27013700
Border Water: No
Sentinel Lake: No
Size and Depth
Area: 267.17 acres
Littoral Area: 77 acres
Shore Length: 3.8 miles
Maximum Depth: 87 feet
Fish Species: black bullhead, black crappie, bluegill, brown bullhead, green sunfish, hybrid sunfish, largemouth bass, northern pike, pumpkinseed, rainbow trout, walleye, yellow bullhead, yellow perch, bowfin (dogfish), common carp, white sucker, banded killifish, blackchin shiner, common shiner, golden shiner, minnows, pugnose minnow, spotfin shiner, spottail shiner.
Christmas Lake Public Water Access Site
Directions to access: In Shorewood, S of Hwy 7, on Merry Ln, off Christmas Lake Rd.
1 ramp (type=concrete slab)
1 parking lot (type=asphalt)
no vehicle parking spaces
6 vehicle/trailer parking spaces
no accessible parking spaces
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