Waconia is just right! Warm-hearted people, beautiful lake, charming downtown, an award-winning school district, next-level health care, AND wineries, breweries and a distillery to help weather the too-hot and too-cold moments that Minnesota’s climate dishes out.
Located just thirty miles southwest of the Twin Cities on the south shore of Lake Waconia, the city of Waconia is where urban meets country, where a new generation of grower-artisans find a home growing grapes, apples and hops, crafting wine, spirits and beer, while enjoying a viable local market that appreciates and supports their labors.
Waconia embraces and encourages awareness, protection, and preservation of our natural resources—which are popular for their recreational appeal. Lake Waconia at 3200 acres is the second-largest lake in the metro. Other lakes include Reitz, Pierson, Parley and Hydes. During winter, Lake Waconia becomes a winter annex to our town, with hundreds of ice-fishing houses forming a winter angling community.
Lake Waconia Regional Park is located on the east side of Lake Waconia and is a public gateway to the multitudes of the lake’s recreational activities. The 130-acre shoreline park offers views of Coney Island and existing facilities include a sledding hill, picnic shelter, play equipment, restrooms, swimming beach, picnic tables, volleyball court and grills.
Waconia enjoys some of the best biking in the state of MN with miles of bike trails adjacent to the community. In addition, the area supports over 25 neighborhood and regional parks. Residents enjoy Island View Golf Course, Lions Baseball Field, year-round skating at the Waconia Ice arena and year-round swimming at Safari Island Community Center.
Lake Waconia has excellent seasonal winds and is a popular high-wind lake, hosting windsurfing competitions and sailing regattas. Pike, bass, walleye, muskie and bluegill are favorites among anglers. Birders can see bald eagles, egrets and blue herons nesting on Coney Island, a 33-acre island in the center of the lake.