Grays Bay is Lake Minnetonka’s most eastern bay and home to the headwaters of Minnehaha Creek. In 1979, the Minnehaha Creek Watershed District built the Grays Bay Dam to help control flooding on Minnehaha Creek and Lake Minnetonka. Today, the dam serves as an aid to prevent flooding by working with other organizations like the National Weather Service, Hennepin County, and the U.S. Geological Survey. The bay's convenient location allows easy access to the robust retail and restaurant scene of downtown Wayzata. Grays Bay is only 20 minutes from downtown Minneapolis, making it an ideal location for easy access to the city. The homes on Grays Bay are in Wayzata and Minnetonka and are located in the Wayzata School District.
The water depth in Grays Bay ranges anywhere from 5 to 30 feet and has an A rating for water quality by the Minnehaha Creek Watershed District.
A unique aspect of Grays Bay is the no wake regulation that is put in place starting at 4 pm on Fridays until 12:01 am Monday morning.
The Grays Bay, Minnetonka Public Landing is located directly on Grays Bay and is five minutes from downtown Wayzata. The public boat launch has free parking, making it effortless to trailer boats in and out of the water. Alongside the boat launch is Grays Bay Marina with nearly thirty boat slips and a gas pump.
Grays Bay is the home to two public parks owned by the city of Minnetonka: Grays Bay Causeway Park and Creek Cove Park. Both parks offer fishing and off-street parking. Creek Cove has walking trails. The Minnehaha Creek Headwaters Park is located just east of Grays Bay and the park is often referred to as the Grays Bay Dam site. The site is owned by the Minnehaha Creek Watershed District and the dam was built in 1979 to help control flooding on Minnehaha Creek and Lake Minnetonka. The dam flow rate can be adjusted to reduce flooding, keep water in the creek during dry periods, and enhance recreation, wildlife, and aquatic life. The Minnehaha Creek Headwaters Park offers a canoe landing, fishing, off-street parking, walking, and hiking trails. If you’re looking to for indoor recreation, head to downtown Wayzata to experience all of the wonderful retail and restaurants offerings. Some fan-favorite shops are Sun & Slope, Shop 44 North, and Fashion Avenue 2, and must-try restaurants are Giannis Steakhouse, COV, and Wayzata Bar and Grill.