Fun on the Water

Boat and Water Safety

Online Course

Complete the online boating safety course Boat Minnesota  to receive a youth Minnesota watercraft operator’s permit (12 to 17 years old).

Classroom courses

Organizations such as U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary and U.S. Power Squadrons offer free or low-cost education programs and publications. To find a boating safety classroom course, visit the DNR’s Event Calendar or call BOAT/U.S. at 800-336-BOAT.

Get your free Minnesota Boating Guide (pdf)  by going to:

Bay to Bay Boatclub

135 Lakeview Avenue, Excelsior

If you are `shopping around’ for boat clubs, you have a few choices. We market ourselves as the Country Club of Boating; where everything is done for you at a high level. Bay To Bay is the creator and innovator of the Boat Club concept. Other clubs have imitated and tried to copy our model, but no one does it as well. BTB has been in business longer than all of our competitors have been, combined. We offer the largest fleet of luxurious boats and our boats have more amenities, some are even custom made. Size-wise the boats are far bigger. Even the little things; every one of our boats has a porta potty bathroom/changing room and all boats have great stereo with blue tooth. The option of having a Captain, catering service, all toys included and exceptional service is what we sell.



Bay Rentals

2630 Commerce Blvd, Mound

We are the oldest jet ski rental company on Lake Minnetonka operating for 23 years.  We are a small, family run business, and we are now the only rental outfit with a beach front, park, and picnic location.  We are offering not only new, four stroke personal watercraft (jet skis), but also paddle boards and kayaks. 



Howard’s Point Marina

5400 Howards Point Rd, Excelsior

Howard’s Point is a marina on beautiful Lake Minnetonka in Shorewood, Minnesota.  We specialize in getting people on the water as quickly as possible and have been serving happy customers since 1926.

Whether you’re interested in booking a 25′ or 30′ pontoon for the whole family, a small fishing boat, or simply need a safe, reliable place to store your boat for the season, give us a call and one of us will be happy to help you anyway we can.



Lady of the Lake

8 Water St, Excelsior

Enjoy a private lake cruise aboard the Lake Minnetonka charter boatLady of the Lake. Whether you are looking to host a wedding reception, a corporate event, a rehearsal dinner, or a private occasion, the Lady of the Lake offers a spacious and historic backdrop. Plan your next gala event with us. The only three deck charter boat on Lake Minnetonka, the Lady of the Lake is a great choice for cruises up to 100 passengers. Events on the Lady of the Lake offer charm and privacy and that other venues simply can’t. The charm of this historic boat offers an experience almost lost in our modern world.



Lake Minnetonka Sailing School, Inc.

19802 Minnetonka Blvd, Deephaven

Recreational Sailing, Learn to Race, LMSS Race Teams

Founders established the Minnetonka Yacht Club (MYC) in 1899 before Deephaven was even incorporated as a village. Lake Minnetonka Sailing School (LMSS) started in the 1920s when MYC members were interested in organized sailing education for their children. For about twenty years, a volunteer group of parents ran private lessons out of the Minnetonka Yacht Club. The informal sailing school operated with a policy of BYOB- Bring Your Own Boat. To this day, both MYC and LMSS call Lighthouse Island home.

Today, Lake Minnetonka Sailing School is one of the largest sailing schools in the nation with over 700 students enrolling each summer. Senior Coach Gordy Bowers won three Olympic medals during his years as Head Coach of the US Sailing Team.


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Metro Lakes Marina and Rentals

4850 Edgewater Dr, Mound

Welcome to Metro Lakes Marina! We are located on Harrison’s Bay, near Seton Channel, on the beautiful shores of Lake Minnetonka. Catering to the lake enthusiasts 7 days a week. At Lake Minnetonka Marina we strive to bring you all the fun and amenities that Lake Minnetonka has to offer. We provide boat slips, rentals, bait and tackle, marine repair services, a snack shop and more. Whether you are looking to spend a day on the lake with your family or just want to relax with your friends, Metro Lakes Marina has everything you will need to enjoy your day in the sun.



Steamboat Minnehaha and The Museum of Lake Minnetonka

37 Water Street, Excelsior
Enjoy an afternoon on Lake Minnetonka aboard the Steamboat Minnehaha.  From Memorial Day to October Fall colors, the restored 1906 steamboat delights visitors with scenic cruises of Lake Minnetonka.  The 1906 steamboat was one of a fleet of seven that provided transportation to the luxury hotels on the Lake.  At the onset of the automobile, the boats were all sunk, a common custom at the end of the useful life of a vessel.  The Minnehaha, recovered after 50 years on the bottom of Lake Minnetonka, was restored, and now operates as a nonprofit museum. 


For a schedule, to purchase tickets, or more history of the Minnehaha, go to

Wayzata Bay Charters

2 Water Street, Excelsior

Join us for a public cruise around Lake Minnetonka. Glide over the lake as you enjoy Sunday brunch, a taco and margarita bar, a variety of shows and celebrations, and much more!

A Lake Minnetonka cruise is a great place to hold your next corporate event, wedding, birthday, or special event. Come aboard one of our three cruisers for an exciting two, three, or four-hour private Lake Minnetonka cruise. Our three cruise boats can host any size group from 6 to 230 guests.