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Lake Minnetonka, Minnesota

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Lake Minnetonka is an inland lake located approximately 15mi west-southwest of Minneapolis, Minnesota. The lake lies within Hennepin County and Carver County and is surrounded by 13 municipalities. At 14528acre, it is Minnesota's ninth largest lake and is popular among boaters, sailors, and fishermen. It is also one of Minnesota's most affluent residential areas.
Early historyThe first people who inhabited the Lake Minnetonka area were indigenous natives who migrated to the region at the end of the last ice age circa 8000 BCE. Later peoples who inhabited the area between 3500 BCE and 1500 CE are often referred to collectively as the "Mound Builders" because they constructed large land features serving spiritual, ceremonial, burial, and elite residential functions. The Mound Builder culture reached its apex circa 1150 CE and ceased to exist circa 1500 CE.
By the 1700s Lake Minnetonka was inhabited by the Mdewakanton people, a subtribe of the Dakota Nation. Although their primary settlements lay within the Minnesota River Valley, the Mdewakanton frequented Lake Minnetonka to hunt, fish, and collect maple syrup. Spirit Knob, a peninsula near present-day Wayzata, held spiritual significance for the Mdewakanton. Following the Dakota War of 1862, however, the Dakota were banished from Minnesota and forced to leave the area.
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  • We are so relaxed when we visit our family in Eagan, MN. Our favorite thing to do together is pontooning around Lake Minnetonka. It's the most perfect place to relax. It has restaurants to get to via ...  more »
  • The area was beautiful. We chose this particular lake to visit on vacation because of the two young children in our party. This lake has a swim pond which was perfect. The area around the pond is a sa...  more »
  • I was here on a boat trip on the Minnehaha. Boaters can admire the huge mansions of the wealthy along the shore. We left from Excelsior, one of the largest lake towns. Most of the towns around Lake Mi...  more »
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  • One of nature's best..
  • Very nice lake to explore. It has a great atmosphere. In winter, you can drive on the ice.
  • So much fun on a spectacular lake
  • Very Nice Fishing Here. Bass. Sunnies. And Crappies. Plenty Of Bass In The Lake..
  • Visit the lake that Prince made famous! A beautiful, scenic area, definitely worth checking out.
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