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During the summer months in Minnesota, the best place to be is out on a lake. Soaking up the sun, enjoying the warmth, and cruising the waves is a must during a summer spent in Minnesota. Lake Minnetonka is a fantastic lake for renting a boat in Minnesota, it’s close to the downtown Twin-Cities area, has a vast expanse of bays and beaches, and is surrounded by beautiful scenery and intriguing houses. Enjoy a dinner cruise for a special event like a wedding rehearsal or family reunion. Planning a boat party on Big Island? Read our Big Island boating guide to have the best day on Lake Minnetonka visiting this classic boating spot.
There are many different types of boats available to rent on Lake Minnetonka, from sailboats to power yachts. Rent a motor yacht for a relaxing day of cruising, or learn how to sail with sailing lessons on the lake. Lake Minnetonka boat rentals for water sports like bowrider boats are great to try wakeboarding and waterskiing. Pontoon rentals on Lake Minnetonka are perfect for a family boat day, bring a picnic on board and enjoy food and drinks while experiencing a pontoon ride. You can also include equipment for tubing and other watersports on your boat rental - activities that everyone on Lake Minnetonka loves.
A fun watercraft to rent on Lake Minnetonka is a jet ski. Book a few jet ski rentals with your friends and fly around the waves on Lake Minnetonka for a few hours. You can stop at the various beaches, visit a waterfront restaurant, and experience the joys of jet skiing on Lake Minnetonka.
If you don’t have boating experience but want to go boating on Lake Minnetonka, you can book a boat rental or charter with a captain to take care of driving the boat. Boat tours, dinner cruises, and sunset cruises are popular options on Lake Minnetonka. There are lots of historically significant homes on the lake, so you can learn about them as you cruise by with a captain and boat guide.
Because of its size, Lake Minnetonka is great for planning a special event. A boat venue is a great venue, you can book anything from a bachelorette party to a wedding onboard a boat on Lake Minnetonka.
When arranging your boat rental or charter for a day on Lake Minnetonka, be sure to coordinate the details with your captain. Ask about what’s included, if there are any extra charges for fuel or gratuity, clarify pick-up and drop-off location, and ask any other questions you may have about your boat rental.
There are various towns along the coastline of Lake Minnetonka to stop at with your boat rental to enjoy all the best parts of summer in Minnesota and Lake Life. There’s downtown Wayzata, with a host of upscale restaurants and bars right on the water. You can park your boat in a dock slip and enjoy a meal or visit a beach like Wayzata Beach.
Some of the top restaurants with dock slips for boats on Lake Minnetonka include Maynards, Lord Fletcher’s, The Narrows, Cov, and Al and Alma’s. You can explore your different options and many of the towns around Lake Minnetonka are great for walking for a few hours.
A big boating spot on Lake Minnetonka during the summer months, especially holiday weekends is Big Island. As the name would indicate, it’s a big island where many boaters park and link up with other boats, enjoying group parties and soaking up the sun.
Throughout the summer months, you can catch a sailing regatta on Lake Minnetonka almost any night of the week. Watch from your own boat rental as various age groups race their sailboats in the bays of Lake Minnetonka.
The only time to visit Lake Minnetonka is during the summer and early autumn months. Winter in Minnesota is brutal and the lake is completely frozen - so no boat rentals during this season. If you visit during the summer and rent a boat, make sure you bring plenty of food and drinks on board for a picnic while cruising. There are supermarkets in all the major towns around Lake Minnetonka to stock up like Lunds, Aldi, and Trader Joe’s.
The weather in the summer is mostly warm and pleasant, but always check the forecast as storms can occur during these months and it can become dangerous to be on the lake. The water is usually warm enough to swim in from mid-June through September. The water is safe for swimming, but be aware that there are lots of weeds in the lake.
Lake Minnetonka is a huge lake, with tons of different coves and bays. It spans several cities, so there are lots of different marinas to choose from for your boat servicing needs. It’s key to find one that will be located close to where you want to be boating. A few of the top marinas include Howard’s Point Marina, Tonka Bay Marina, North Shore Marina Browns Bay, Minnetonka Yacht Club, and Bayside Marine Services to name a few. Stop here for your boat fuel needs or any other servicing.
Our group had a great time aboard Captain Pete's boat. He was very personable and helpful during the entire process. I would highly recommend hiring Pete as your captain if you are looking for a nice, relaxing cruise on the lake with business associates or friends. Can't wait to do it again!
It was my first time being on the water and I did not know what to expect. Our captain Ryan was absolutely amazing. He was patient enough to wait for every one of us to arrive, friendly with the kids and he made us all smile. It was just a fantastic ride, and everyone had a blast!
We had the most amazing time!! Pete was so responsive, a phenomenal captain and host on his boat. Everyone (kids and adults) had such a fantastic time, we didn’t want the day to end. Thank you so very much Captain Pete for an incredible day!!
We loved our afternoon on Megan's boat - the boat was beautiful and exactly as pictured! Megan was extremely helpful with communication and our driver, Chad, was great. We can't wait to go again!
Very nice boat, you certainly get more than what you pay for. He called day off to get an idea of what water activities we wished to do that day. He came on time with several wakeboard and wakesurf boards which we used throughout the day. We had a bit of a chilly day but we frequently utilized his heated vents to warm up coming out of the water. Insanely nice boat with such fun wake surf settings to create such smooth riding conditions. Cooler on board, we brought our own drinks and transferred them over. Plenty of room for our group of 9.
We had a fantastic day on the lake with James. He went out of his way to make sure the day was what we wanted and was a fantastic host. The boat itself is top notch. I highly recommend this experience!
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