Lakeshore with some elbow room
"A storied past and a bright future"Minnetrista is a 30 square mile city in Hennepin County. In the early 1970’s, Minnetrista was incorporated as a city. However, the history of the area dates back to the 1850’s. In 1851, the Treaty of Traverse des Sioux was signed organizing the territory of Minnesota and Minnetrista was included in this treaty. The Dakota Indians, who had previously resided in the area, left the area and the first European Settlers were not far behind. Frank W. Halsted was one of the first notable early settlers. He built a small cottage on Lake Minnetonka in the bay that would eventually bear his name, Halsteds Bay. He was a Captain in the Navy and left to fight in the Civil War. He returned with Distinction from the Navy and built a larger home and became a Justice of the Peace and later solemnized the first marriage in Minnetrista. Fast forward, 160 years and Minnetrista is a thirty square mile city with a population of around 7,000 people.
Minnetrista has experienced a lot of growth in the past twenty years. Formerly, the city was almost entirely agricultural and farmland, but in recent years, many new developments have come along and filled the fields with neighborhoods. Some of the newest developments are Red Oak of Minnetrista, Serenity Hill on Halstead Bay, Woodland Cove, and Waterset. In addition to the city being located on some excellent Lake Minnetonka bays, the city also has several smaller lakes that offer its residents lake living off of Lake Minnetonka.
Minnetrista operates its own police department and is served by Mound Fire Department and St. Bonifacius Fire Department. Minnetrista is an extremely safe place to live with a crime rate lower than 90% of all US cities.
You can’t mention Minnetrista without mentioning horses. In staying with its roots, Minnetrista has a large amount of the city designated as agricultural land use. Any parcel of land over five acres can house horses. So whether you're a potential owner of horses or looking for nearby stables, Minnetrista is a great place for you to live.
Parks and Trails
- Adler Nature View Park
- Chateau Way Park
- Dakota Rail Park Douglas Park
- Friendship Park
- Gale Woods Farm Park Gene Lehner Park
- Halstead Bay Boat Access
- Jennings Park
- Kings Point Rd Fishing Pier
- Lake Minnetonka Regional Park
- Lincoln Avenue Boat Launch
- Linden Park
- Lisle Park
- Little Long Lake Boat Access
- Merriman Cemetery
- Merz Marsh Park
- Painters Creek Park
- Perennial Park Phelp’s Boat Access
- Slow Creek Park
- South Cuspoke Park
- Tuxedo Road Boat Launch
- Westonka Schools Recreational Facility
- Whaletail Lake Boat Access
- Williams Lane Park
- Woods of Saga Hill Park
A real gem in Minnetrista is the Gale Woods Farm. Located on Whaletail Lake, Gale Woods Farm is a real working farm. The red barn of Gale Woods is practically a monument in Minnetrista. You can bike, boat, fish, hike, geocache, canoe, snowshoe, have a picnic or engage in educational farming with visits to the animals and collecting eggs or feeding the sheep or cleaning the barn. They also offer workshops in gardening, farming, fiber arts and cooking. Gale Woods Farm is not to be missed!
Minnetrista SchoolsMinnetrista’s relatively large size means its residents are served by four different school districts. Westonka, Delano, Waconia and Watertown Mayer Public School Districts serve the students of Minnetrista.
Mound Westonka School District is an award winning school district with so much to offer its students. They offer small school size advantage with knowing every child by name and making sure each child has the opportunity to succeed while still offering the big school opportunities with award winning arts, academics and athletic programs.
The Westonka School District serves approximately 2,300 students grades preK through twelve. They have, for the past 15 years, have been “Best in State” in MCA Performance. Westonka scored in the Top 10 Districts in the state on the 2017 Minnesota Comprehensive Assessments. Overall, Westonka is ranked #4 in the state in math and #6 in the state in reading.
- Hilltop Primary School (preK-4)
- Shirley Hills Primary School (preK-4)
- Grandview Middle School (5-7) Mound Westonka High School (8-12)
Delano School District was originally established in the 1800’s and covers a 66 square mile geographical area that includes Corcoran, Independence, Loretto, Maple Plain, Medina, Minnetrista, Montrose, Watertown, parts of Franklin, Rockford and Woodland townships, and the city of Delano.
The district has roughly 2,470 students and employs more than 370 staff members. Over 70% of Delano School District faculty hold a master’s degree or higher. In addition to having highly educated faculty members, Delano has made a commitment to updating all the grounds of their schools and building a new intermediate school for grades four through six.
True to most of Lake Minnetonka’s school districts, Delano is an award winning district. The district consistently received the Minnesota Department of Education’s School Finance Award for being financially responsible. The elementary school was recognized as a National Blue Ribbon School in 2013 and the school district has consistently been named a Reward School by the Minnesota Department of Education. Delano high school students test in the top across the nation on their ACT each year. And Delano students substantially exceed the state averages in math, science, and reading scores on the standardized tests each year.
- Delano Elementary School
- Delano Middle School Delano High School
Waconia School District is located in Carver and Hennepin County and serves the communities of Waconia, Minnetrista, Victoria, St. Bonifacius, and New Germany. Waconia School District has a student population of 3,900 students. Waconia is a Green Ribbon School awarded by the US Department of Education and named one of the Best School Districts in the state by Niche K-12.
- Bayview Elementary
- Southview Elementary
- Waconia Middle School Waconia High School
Watertown Mayer Public School District is a relatively small district that is growing. The district is committed to serving the needs of the students and focusing on growth through connections and opportunities. Although the district is small, they have made a commitment to technology and have a 1:1 access to technology.
- Watertown Mayer Elementary School
- Watertown Mayer Middle School
- Watertown Mayer High School