- Situated about 35 minutes from
downtown Minneapolis, Waconia is a great lake to escape to for the day, an
afternoon or an evening session. The lake is surrounded by picturesque farmland.
On the south side the little town of Waconia is nestled onto the hillside.
Lake Waconia offers the entire spectrum of sailing from lightwind slalom to
great bump and jump. Typically sails are.5m to 1m smaller than in the cities.
Kiting: Waconia is one of the best local kiting lakes with
the exception of Mille Lacs. The launch is very user friendly with shallows
at least 150ft out. There aren't many docs to contend with. You can walk the
perimeter if you need to walk back from a down winder. There is usually other
kiters there to assist. And it is quite beautiful. Windsurfers and kiters
share the NE launch. This lauch works great from most directions cept E and
NE. If you are not that experienced look for SSE, S, SSW or NNW days for body
drags. The west winds are directly onshore and can be dangerous if you can't
immediately shoot upwind. The south beach is another option for body drags
on South winds. The wind would be offshore though would give you a longer
run. This launch may also work well on a NE wind. The beach is fairly crowded
on hot days so we may want to ride this site only in the offseason or cooler
- Boat Launch: the main site
at Waconia. The sandbar that runs along the east side of Waconia makes
for easy learning on light wind days and great ramps on the bump and jump
westerlies. When a big Northwester comes in, the line to the island is
as exciting as it gets. The parking lot can fill up on a big day, so come
early. We've struck a deal with the DNR to park only on the North side
of the lot unless you have a trailer. This ensures that the boaters can
park with their trailers on the south side. Please respect this.
- The south beach is an alternative
for north winds and the only site for north east winds. The facilities
and rigging area are better than the boat launch and it includes a nice
beach. The downside is on hot days the beach is quite full. Respect the
beach goers or we could loose access.
- How to Get
- From Minneapolis there are three
alternative routes. 1) highway 7 to St Bonifacius south on 92/30. 2) Highway
5 to the park just east of the town of Waconia. Follow the short road to the
lake. or 3) Highway 12 to 6 west of Long Lake. Follow 6 as it zigzags to 92.
Follow 92 though St Boni. to the lake.(it becomes 30)