The Lake Minnetonka bay is named after the century-old Lafayette Club that sits on 3,000 feet of shoreline. Lafayette Bay's central location caters to all that Lake Minnetonka has to offer. Lafayette Bay sits north of Echo Bay, west of Smiths Bay, and across from Big Island Nature Park. A notable area on the bay is Huntington Point, which is home to some of the most beautiful properties in this area. Homes along the shoreline of Lafayette Bay are located in the cities of Minnetonka Beach, Tonka Bay, and Orono. These homes are within the Minnetonka School District and Mound Westonka School District.
The water depth in Layfayette Bay ranges anywhere from 5 to 57 feet and has an A rating for water quality by the Minnehaha Creek Watershed District.
There are not any boat launches or marinas on Lafayette Bay, but there are three marinas in the neighboring, Echo Bay. The Caribbean Marina is just north of Sunrise Point and offers marine services, gas pumps, all-season boat storage, and even a dockside restaurant called the Tequila Butcher. The restaurant serves Mexican food on its patio Wednesday-Sunday. The Lindbo Landing Marina is directly across from Big Island and its primary service is dock slip rentals. Lastly, the Tonka Bay Marina is slightly north of the Caribbean, here customers have access to the boat launch, dock slips, and gas pumps.
The most notable amenity on the bay is the Layfayette Club. The club was once a hotel, built by famous railroad director, James J. Hill. He built Lafayette Hotel in 1882 to capitalize on the increasing popularity of the area, the hotel had 300 guest rooms and became the center of Lake Minnetonka's social life. The hotel was shut down by Hill in 1897 and burned down in a fire later that year, some say Lafayette’s demise signaled a shift in Lake Minnetonka's resort culture. Today, a rebuilt Lafayette Club still stands and offers amenities like indoor and outdoor pools, a golf course, tennis courts, and boat docks.
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