North Lower Lake West Half
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 where in the area it is located, homes are either in the Minnetonka School District or the Orono School District. Both of these school districts are ranked in the top 5 public schools in the state of Minnesota. The bay’s convenient location puts boaters in the center of lake life on Minnetonka. A notable area on North Lower Lake West is Ferguson Point in Deephaven, 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 great school district, Minnetonka School District.
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.
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 their marine services, gas pumps, all-season boat storage, and dock slip rentals.
North Lower Lake West’s central location allows boaters the option to venture into the beautiful Big Island Nature Park or the quiet residential beaches in Deephaven. Big Island is known for its excellent location, in the heart of the lake, it is an ideal spot for camping, fishing, and hiking. The island is owned by the city of Orono and offers 20 campsites, complete with fire pits, picnic tables, and grills. Big Island is a great spot to go fishing, with a large variety of fish including Bass, Walleye, Northern Pike, Perch, and Crappie right off the shore. On the western end of the bay, Sandy Beach and Rocky Beach allow boaters to escape the crowded Big Island and relax at the quiet beaches owned by the city of Deephaven. Sandy Beach offers lifeguards July 1-4 from noon until 5:30 pm, other times of the year they do not equip lifeguards. Rocky beach does not have lifeguards on duty the entire year but they offer off-street parking.