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Lake Minnetonka communities want scenic byway

Published 9:38am Monday, February 10, 2014

WAYZATA  — Representatives from 14 communities around Lake Minnetonka will meet with state officials this month to talk about designating roads around the lake as a scenic byway.

Wayzata Mayor Ken Willcox said a scenic byway and signage will be an opportunity to market the area and one of the state’s most popular lakes. The scenic byway is part of a broader effort to lure boaters and visitors into the lake communities by selling the area as a destination.

The 41-mile scenic byway wouldn’t require any construction, just signage to guide visitors along the roads around the 125-mile shoreline.

Minnesota has 21 scenic byways, including the North Shore Scenic Byway which follows Lake Superior up to Split Rock Lighthouse, state parks and other northern Minnesota sites.