Tonka Mud Run at Lake Minnewashta Regional Park on Saturday July 12th at 8:30AM

For any neighbors looking for something fun to do this coming weekend. Saturday, July 12th, is the Tonka Mud Run at Lake Minnewashta Regional Park. It is a family friendly mud run. Mini-Tonka Mud Run starts at 8:30 and the Tonka Mud Run starts at 9:30. The Chanhassen Fire Department will be there to hose you off when you are done. There are many activities including the US Marine Pull Up Challenge, face painting, bounce house, DJ and more. All proceeds go to Kids Against Hunger-West Metro.

Bring the family and enjoy a morning of fun and help a good cause too!

Google Tonka Mud Run if interested.

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No Wake Restriction Continues Until NOON SUNDAY JULY 6th

With the month of June being one of the rainiest on record, our lake was filled to the highest level ever recorded. To prevent further property damage on the land owned by our residents, a “Slow-No Wake” restriction continues over the entire lake by the City of Chanhassen. Speeds above 5 MPH are forbidden. Please help out your neighbors dealing with flooding and observe the limits. As the water levels decrease to a level where boat wakes will no longer damage property, the city will release the restriction.

JULY 3rd UPDATE: This morning the water level was 0.04′ feet above the last confirmed pre-storm elevation. That means that at some point today it will be below that elevation. The city of Chanhassen will lift the restriction after we experience three days below that elevation which is on Sunday, 7/6/14 at noon.
Thanks for your cooperation, patience and understanding. It is a difficult balance between shoreline protection, property damage and recreational enjoyment.

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FINAL 4th of July Schedule of Events


  • The water ski show is CANCELLED due to high water levels
  • The RAFFLE at Minnewashta Heights has many super items to win. Bring cash for tickets
  • While watching the FIREWORKS from the lake, please stay well clear of the work area to avoid injury or fire

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Donations for July 4th Fireworks Needed

The fireworks display over Lake Minnewashta is solely funded by Lake Minnewashta area residents. DONATIONS ARE TAX- DEDUCTIBLE! Please send in your contribution ASAP!

Please make checks payable to: KABOOM (Keep America’s Birthday Observance On Minnewashta) and forward to Beth Ginther 3611 Ironwood Rd. Excelsior, MN 55331

**The cost of the show has increased with our new vendor, so we appreciate donations from all households (including those in associations) that are able to enjoy the fireworks display. NO DONATION IS TOO SMALL! Thank you for your support and happy 4th of July!

Please be sure to submit your donation today!  We are low on funds and want to ensure the continuation of this great Lake Minnewashta tradition!


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Lake Minnewashta Water Level at 0.47 Feet Above the Highest Level Ever Recorded – No Wake Restriction Continues

PER TERRY JEFFERY….”The “zero” elevation is 942.87 meaning the lake level right now is 946.13 feet.  To put this into perspective this is 1.63 feet above the Ordinary High Water mark (944.5), 1.33 feet above the 100 year flood elevation (944.80) and 0.47 foot above the highest known water elevation.  We will have an internal discussion but it is my feeling that the no-wake should remain in effect until we are below the 100 year elevation.  This is the elevation that triggers the Lake Susan and Lotus Lake wake restrictions.  I do not feel it necessary to wait until we are at the OHW. This is a snippet from the DNR expedited no-wake approvals. ”



Here is the release:

The Commissioner of Natural Resources has approved an expedited and extended approval for Counties, Cities and Towns to enact slow no-wake zones.

Due to the high water issues across the state….local government units (LGU’s) are being allowed to enact water surface use ordinances as outlined in the attached document (up to 30 days).  LGU’s have primary responsibility to communicate and enforce the existence of slow-no wake (SNW) ordinances.  To minimize impacts to water related tourism and businesses, the LGU has the ability design the SNW to protect the shoreline while allowing for normal recreation further out in the lake/river.

Questions?  After reviewing this document, contact Margaret Bergsrud of MN DNR Boat and Water Safety at 651-259-5400

Thanks again,

Terry Jeffery | Water Resources Coordinator

City of Chanhassen | Engineering Department

7700 Market Boulevard | Chanhassen, MN 55317

DESK 952.227.1168 | MAIN 952.227.1160


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Lake Minnewashta Declare a Slow-No Wake Area

City of Chanhassen officials have declared Lake Minnewashta a SLOW-NO WAKE zone due to the strong potential of shoreline damage. Please do not drive your watercraft at speeds fast enough to create a wake.



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