Tanager Lake is located west of Browns Bay, the bay was not connected to the larger Lake Minnetonka until a narrow channel was dredged. The bay is comprised of 54 acres of water and has just over a mile of shoreline. The homes on Tanager Lake are located in the city of Orono and in the Orono School District.
The water depth in Tanager Lake reaches a maximum depth of 20 feet and the Minnehaha Creek Watershed District has given it a C rating in water quality. Meaning that Tanager Lake is desirable for swimming and boating later in the season.
Tanager Lake is home to the Tanager Marina located in Orono. The marina offers electricity, water, and fuel onsite, along with restrooms, on-site parking, and dockhands available to assist 7 days a week from 8 am until dusk. Tanager offers 40 dock slips, but just across Shoreline Drive Tanager’s sister marina, Browns Bay Marina has 58 dock slips, while offering all of the same amenities.
Tanager Lake is known for its great fishing, since it is a somewhat isolated bay on Lake Minnetonka there is rarely ever boat traffic. There are a variety of fish species found on the bay including, Bullhead, Bluegill, Largemouth Bass, Muskie, Northern Pike, Walleye, Crappie, and Yellow Perch. Nearby in Wayzata Bay, boaters can stop by the downtown Wayzata Public Docks and shop at local favorites, Sun and Slope, Shop 44 North, and Fashion Avenue 2, or a bite to eat at Giannis Steakhouse, COV, and Wayzata Bar and Grill.