Growing concern on Lake Minnetonka

With the recent rains Lake Minnetonka has risen about 3 inches. This could be a problem this winter when the lake freezes.

WAYZATA, Minn. - "Most of the summer we had pretty low water levels in the creek because Lake Minnetonka was sitting pretty good. It was a pretty uneventful summer until August when the skies opened up." said Telly Mamayek, Director of Communications with the Minnehaha Creek Watershed District.

Since August 1, we've seen more than 14 inches of rain in the west metro, enough to cause Lake Minnetonka to rise close to three inches in that period.

Over the last 24 hours areas around Lake Minnetonka saw an average of two inches of rainfall. This caused the lake to rise 1.7 inches. With all of that water flowing into the lake, that could be a problem for this upcoming winter.

"If we have high levels on the lake ice comes in at the end of the year we are increasing the flood potential in the spring with the snow melt." said Telly Mamayek.

To try to prevent that, the Minnehaha Creek Watershed District will monitor the the dam connecting the lake to the creek.

"Via the Gray's Bay Dam here is where we help manage those water levels" said Telly Mamayek.

The current lake levels are sitting six inches below the record level we saw two years ago in 2014. During the next 48 hours, the hydrologists at Minnehaha Creek Water Shed District expect the creek to return to normal levels, but the lake will take several weeks to drop the nearly 12 inches to its normal ice-in level. 

To monitor the lake levels yourself the Minnehaha Creek Watershed District has information on their website:
Water Levels: Lake Minnetonka and Gray's Bay Dam


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