Priests Bay is just between Cooks Bay and Halstead Bay on the western side of Upper Lake Minnetonka. Homes on the bay are located in the cities of Mound and Minnetrista in the Mound Westonka School District. The bay was named after the farmer, J.D. Priest, who had a farm near this area in the late 1800s. Hardscrabble Point is a notable residential area on Priests Bay, it is known for having the most beautiful and expensive homes on the bay. The residents of Hardscrabble Point reside on the bay’s south end.
The maximum water depth in Priests Bay is 46 feet below the surface and has a C rating water quality by the Minnehaha Creek Watershed District. Meaning the bay is desirable for swimming and boating later in the season.
There are not any boat launches or marinas on Priests Bay, but there is a boat launch in the neighboring, Cooks Bay. Cooks Bay is home to the Surfside Boat Launch which provides boaters the opportunity to effortlessly ease boats and jetskis in and out of Lake Minnetonka. The launch offers a free on-site parking lot, once that is full boaters can utilize on-street parking along Bartlett Boulevard.
With just over two miles of shoreline, Priests Bay is a high-traffic area on the lake, but it remains a popular fishing destination. A variety of fish are caught on the bay, including Largemouth Bass, Northern Pike, and Bluegill. The shoreline of Priests Bay is largely residential, but nearby in Cooks Bay boaters have access to the public docks at Surfside Beach which offers amenities like a playground, picnic tables, and barbeque grills. If you’re looking for a bite to eat around Priests Bay, Al & Almas Supper Club is just across the bay, where they have boat slips and dock side takeout available to customers.