north lower lake west aerial photo


DNR Lake ID: 27013313

Location Highlights:
North Lower Lake West is located south of Browns Bay and north of Carsons Bay on Lake Minnetonka. Big Island Nature Park separates this bay from its neighbor, Lower Lake South. Homes for sale in this area are in the cities of Orono, Deephaven, and Excelsior; depending on the location of the real estate, homes are either in the Minnetonka School District or the Orono School District. These school districts are ranked in Minnesota's top 5 public schools. The bay's convenient location puts boaters in Minnetonka's center of lake life. A notable area on North Lower Lake West is Ferguson Point in Deephaven, and the point was bought by William and Lydia Ferguson in 1854. The couple raised their family on the acre of land they purchased for $225. Today, Ferguson Point is known for its beautiful homes on the lake and the nearby top-tier Minnetonka School District.  

Water Quality:
The water depth in North Lower Lake West ranges from 10 to 80 feet and has an A rating water quality by the Minnehaha Creek Watershed District. The bay is crystal clear and can be enjoyed recreationally all year round.

Boating Restrictions:

Lake Access:
There are not any boat launches or marinas directly on North Lower Lake West, but there are plenty of marinas just north in Echo Bay. Echo Bay is home to Caribbean Marina, Lindbo Landing Marina, and Tonka Bay Marina. These marinas offer easy access to Lake Minnetonka through marine services, gas pumps, all-season boat storage, and dock slip rentals.

North Lower Lake West's central location allows boaters to venture into the beautiful Big Island Nature Park or the quiet residential beaches of Deephaven. Big Island is known for its excellent location. It is an ideal spot for camping, fishing, and hiking in the heart of the lake. The city of Orono owns the island and offers 20 campsites with fire pits, picnic tables, and grills. Big Island is a great spot to go fishing, with many fish, including Bass, Walleye, Northern Pike, Perch, and Crappie, right off the shore. On the bay's western end, Sandy Beach and Rocky Beach allow boaters to escape the crowded Big Island and relax at the quiet beaches owned by Deephaven. Sandy Beach offers lifeguards July 1-4 from noon until 5:30 pm; other times, they do not equip lifeguards. Rocky Beach does not have lifeguards on duty but offers free off-street parking. 

Source US News®  
Source MN DNR® 
Source Minnehaha Watershed District® 

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