West Upper Lake
West Upper Lake is the largest body of water in the western half of Lake Minnetonka, located just south of Cooks Bay and west of Phelps Bay. The bay holds 873 acres of water and occupies 4.6 miles of shoreline. West Upper Lake is home to the Lake Minnetonka Regional Park. The homes on West Upper Lake are located in the city of Minnetrista in the Mound Westonka School District. Notable areas on the bay include Hardscrabble and Palmer Pointe. The points offer beautiful lakeside views of West Upper Lake and are home to the most extravagant houses on the bay.
The water depth in West Upper Lake reaches a maximum depth of 66 feet and the Minnehaha Creek Watershed District has given it a B rating in water quality. Meaning that the water quality is generally good, but algae may limit swimming towards the end of the summer.
West Upper Lake is home to the Lake Minnetonka Regional Park Boat Launch, one of the very few public boat launches on the lake. The regional park requires a boat trailer parking pass and allows parking for 55 vehicles in an on-site parking lot. The launch includes a boathouse, restrooms, and a pier for boat access.
The Lake Minnetonka Regional Park offers a multitude of things to do, directly on West Upper Lake’s waters. The park has just over 3 miles of paved bike trails, a disc golf course, a fishing pier, a 20,000-square-foot play structure, and a man-made swim pond. The playground and swimming pond are the park's most popular attractions. The playground is a multi-level nautical-themed play area, complete with a cargo hold, climbing nets, and numerous slides. One of the unique things about the man-made swimming pond is that all of its water is taken from Lake Minnetonka, it is filtered then chlorinated, and redistributed back into the pond.