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.
The boat rode was awesome and so was the hospitality of Captain Ron. he called up a day before to confirm the spot where we supposed to meet. The boat was even ready before the scheduled time. That boat was pretty powerful as well. Highly recommended!
We were very happy with the boat we rented from Capn Ron and I am planning to rent from him again soon! Cannot recommend him enough! Ron was very accommodating and communicated excellently. The boat was perfect, it was bigger and nicer than we expected. Thanks Ron!
This was the best 6 hours we've had since the pandemic started. Captain Ron found a hat for my wife to use as she forgot hers. He gave us very cool memento's and the boat was easy to use as well as worked perfectly. I wish we would have known about this about this option at the beginning of the summer as we would have rented this boat several times a month
The communication was very good all the way up til the day of our boat ride!! Captain Ron, everything about the day was great. We had so much fun in the sun and on your beautiful boat!! The music and tour of the lake will always be remembered! You were an excellent tour guide and so much fun to be around!!
Captain Ron's service is second to none. He is friendly and has a passion for what he does. He confirms your appointment the day before, sends a map link to his location, and meets you at the launch with keys in hand. Simply drive off from the dock to enjoy the lake and walk off when you return. We plan to return in the future!
This was a great experience from start to finish. Great communication throughout. He went out of his way to make sure we had everything we needed and felt comfortable with the boat. He was prompt. Personable. Had the highest attention to detail. You’ll never encounter a dude with a more positive vibe. The boat itself was as advertised. Clean. Fast. We added a tube to the order. The kids had a blast. I will rent from him again.
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