Old Channel Bay
Old Channel Bay is south of Carman Bay and east of Upper Lake. The bay was dredged in the late 19th century to connect Upper Lake to Lower Lake. Homes for sale on Old Channel Bay are in the cities of Tonka Bay and Excelsior, located in the Minnetonka School District. Locke Point in Excelsior runs along the bay's southern edge, the point is known for its beautiful boat houses that overlook the peaceful Upper Lake. Residents on Locke Point are part of an extraordinary lakeshore community of 18 homes, Claye Cliffe. The lakeside community comes equipped with communal tennis courts, a gazebo, and 24-hour security. The homes in this community have lakeshore property and deeded access.
The water depth in Old Channel Bay ranges from 5 to 51 feet and has a B rating for Water quality by the Minnehaha Creek Watershed District. The water quality is generally good in the bay, but algae may limit swimming towards the end of the summer.
The lack of boat launches and marinas on Old Channel Bay makes it an ideal location to dock recreational boats.
Notable areas on the bay are the Narrows Channel which connects Upper Lake to Lower Lake Minnetonka. The busy channel is home to great fishing and free on-site parking. Just off of County Road 19, It is a popular spot amongst locals, as it is home to fish species like Northern Pike, Walleye, Bullhead, Muskie, and Crappie. The fishing at the Narrows Channel provides a friendly environment for old and new fishers alike. Locals describe it as a relaxed environment where everyone has just as much fun watching others catch as their own. Although Old Channel Bay does not have any restaurants on the water, there are plenty of dining options in Navarre, MN. After just five minutes in the car, you can enjoy live music and a meal at The Narrows and The Lake Room, or grab a pizza to go at Lulu's Pizza.