A Local Treasure: Lake Waconia
The second largest lake in the seven-county, Twin Cities metropolitan area, Lake Waconia is a 3,200 acre freshwater paradise that provides year-round recreational activities. From fishing and swimming to sailboarding and watching bald eagles nest on Coney Island, the beautiful body of water is a local treasure.
According to the City of Waconia’s website, the lake was originally named “Clearwater Lake” by the area’s first settlers and eventually Coney Island, which is located off the Lakeview Terrace peninsula, was once a major attraction:
“In the late 1800’s the island became a bustling resort destination for many Twin Cities residents. During the early 1900’s, the island became more populated with resort buildings and small cottages.”
Here are a few more facts about the lake:
- Bullheads and bluegills are the most common fish found in Lake Waconia;
- The lake is approximately four miles long and three miles wide;
- Other lakes in the immediate area include Reitz, Pierson’s, Parley and Hydes.
- The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources maintains a public boat launch on the east side of the lake near the intersection of County Roads 30 and 155.
For more information on Lake Waconia and the city’s other parks and open spaces, click here.
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