Geographically, the city lies along the north shore of Brown's Bay, Wayzata Bay, and Gray's Bay on Lake Minnetonka. Within the 3 square miles that comprise the City are located more than 70 wetlands, several small lakes, wooded areas, parks, as well as portions of Lake Minnetonka itself. Historical water quality data show that Browns and Wayzata Bays consistently exhibit among the best water quality of any of the bays of Lake Minnetonka. The character and general economy of Wayzata is influenced strongly by its lakeside location.
Watershed Management Plan
The City of Wayzata lies entirely within the jurisdictional boundaries of the Minnehaha Creek Watershed District (MCWD). In January 2018, the MCWD adopted an updated watershed management plan. The City of Wayzata, along with other communities within the MCWD, had 2 years from the MCWD's date of adoption of its updated plan to make changes in their local water management plan to comply with the requirements of the MCWD plan.
The MCWD approved the City of Wayzata's plan on September 26, 2019 and the City Council formally adopted the plan on November 6, 2019.
The City has also entered into an agreement with the MCWD allowing the City the authority to administer their Erosion Control Rule, Wetland Protection Rule, and Stormwater Management Rule. The MCWD continues to administer the Floodplain Alteration Rule for the City.