Exploring Lake Minnetonka Regional Park & Carver Park Reserve

July 24, 2020

Lake Minnetonka is home to two of the area’s most beautiful and active parks: Lake Minnetonka Regional Park and Carver Park Reserve. These parks have a lot to offer you and your family.

Lake Minnetonka Regional Park

Nestled on the shores of the lake is Lake Minnetonka Regional Park, located in beautiful Minnetrista, Minnesota. The park is known for its wildlife, beautiful foliage and a seemingly never-ending list of things to do.

The history of Lake Minnetonka Regional Park is rich. A large part of the land that makes up the park was once donated by Minnesota-born professional wrestler, Verne Gagne. In fact, the park headquarters is located inside what was once Verne’s home. Over the years, the park has grown to be a critical park of Lake Minnetonka’s allure, bringing in thousands of visitors each year.

Lake Minnetonka Regional Park features a unique, man-made, sand-bottom pool, the perfect mix of beach and lake. You’ll also find a massive, 20,000-square-foot nautical-themed playground, chock full of things to climb on, jump through and swing from.

For the ultimate dose of outdoors, the park features 3.5 miles of hiking trails, 3.2 miles of bike trails and 14,100 acres of prime fishing water.

Lake Minnetonka Regional Park's Sand-Bottom Pool
Photo credit: Three Rivers Park District

Carver Park Reserve

Carver Park Reserve is located in Victoria, Minnesota, a very short drive from Lake Minnetonka. This park is the perfect option for birdwatchers and nature connoisseurs.

Carver Park Reserve is home to the Lowry Nature Center, where visitors can learn more about the nature surrounding the reserve. You can also spot trumpeter swans, barred owls and many more waterbirds within the King Waterbird Sanctuary.

The park is currently constructing a 10-mile long mountain bike trail, also known as the Carver Singletrack Trail. The park projects the trail will be open for riding in late summer or early fall of 2020.

Beyond the mountain bike trail, you’ll also find 25.7 miles of hiking trails, spanning the entire park. The trails include over a thousand feet of floating boardwalk that take you through Minnesota marsh and tamarack swamps. Plus, you can bring your beloved pet with you and enjoy the 27-acre off-leash dog park.

Other amenities include 846 acres of water for fishing, picnic areas, sledding and snowshoeing in the winter, as well as swimming at the Lake Auburn Campground.

Hiking Path in Carver Park Reserve
Photo credit: Three Rivers Park District

Looking for Homes for Sale on Lake Minnetonka?

With so many parks, trails, lake towns and more to explore, we can see why you’d want to stay. Lucky for you, there are many houses for sale on Lake Minnetonka. To learn more about Lake Minnetonka property for sale, send us a message.

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