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Continued: Despite complaints, Lake Minnetonka's Cruiser's Cove still a warm-weather hot spot

  • Article by: KELLY SMITH , Star Tribune
  • Last update: August 17, 2013 - 10:30 PM

“It’s going to be a problem,” he said, “that will be around forever.”

 

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  • A group of friends enjoyed the water on Friday. Cruiser’s Cove fills with boaters and partyers every weekend.

  • Leah Kinn, of Excelsior, took in the sights — and a beverage — in the cove. Lake Minnetonka is the state’s most-heavily used lake.

  • Boats frequently jam closely together in the cove — not unlike tailgate parties at football games. The weekend party scene still is strong, said DNR Lt. Adam Block, but it isn’t as bad as it has been in years past. Said Bob Beutler of Minnetonka Beach: “I think the reputation is worse than the reality.”

  • Hennepin County water patrol deputy Adam Hernke stopped boaters Roberts Krebs, center, of Maple Grove, and George Mackereth, of Minneapolis, to check for infractions.

  • Peter Kinn, left, of Excelsior, enjoyed Cruiser’s Cove with friends. “Lake Minnetonka is no doubt special,” he said. “It’s a big party scene.”

  • Lake Minnetonka BY THE NUMBERS

    Boating While Intoxicated

    2008 2010 2012 2013*

    76 53 89 29

    Boating accidents

    7 14 8 14

    Boating citations

    597 479 394 107

    *2013 data through June

    Source: Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office

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