south upper lake aerial photo


DNR Lake ID: 27013305

Location Highlights:
South Upper Lake is located just north of Smithtown Bay and is separated from West Upper Lake by Wawatasso Island. Residential highlights in this area include Enchanted and Shady Islands. Enchanted Island is located in the city of Minnetrista. The island's interior is a beautiful wetland with large ponds and a channel adjacent to the main road. The island is a popular residential community and is often described as giving an up north feel while just 5 minutes from downtown Mound. Shady Island is connected to Enchanted Island and is home to some of the most beautiful homes on the bay. The homes on South Upper Lake are located in the cities of Shorewood, Victoria, and Minnetrista within the Minnetonka and Mound Westonka School Districts.

Water Quality:
The maximum depth of South Upper Lake is 84 feet, with a B water quality rating by the Minnehaha Creek Watershed District. The water is generally good, but algae may limit swimming towards the end of the summer.

Boating Restrictions:

Lake Access:
South Upper Lake has two marinas directly on its waters. Howards Point Marina is slightly southwest of Howard Point. The marina offers boat rentals, dock slips, and off-season storage. Upper Minnetonka Yacht Club is another marina located on South Upper Lake, and it is located on Enchanted Island in the city of Mound. The Upper Minnetonka Yacht Club offers sailing lessons and dock slips. South Upper Lake has no boat launches, but Spring Park Bay has a boat launch nearby. 

Just minutes from South Upper Lake is Crescent Beach, located on East Upper Lake. The beach offers a dock for swimmers and launches for kayaks and canoes. Crescent Beach is jointly owned and operated by the cities of Tonka Bay and Shorewood, and they have stationed lifeguards from noon until 5 pm every day. 

Source City of Shorewood®  
Source MN DNR® 
Source Minnehaha Watershed District® 

South Upper Lake

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