As one of the largest lakes in the state, it is steeped in history. The Dakota Indians called the lake home and gave it the current name, meaning “Big Waters”. It was a great secret until discovered in 1822 by frontier men. There are a couple historical sites available online to learn more about the unique history of the area:
- The Excelsior-Lake Minnetonka Historical Society
- The Minntonka Historical Society
- The Wayzata Historical Society
To understand just how large the Lake Minnetonka area is, with all it’s smaller lakes and various bays, view an online map.