Lake Rose, south of Excelsior Blvd. in Minnetonka, is a shallow lake that has poor water quality.

Street map of Lake Rose Area
Lake Rose, Minnetonka

Water Quality

graph of phosphorous levels in Lake Rose over time
Phosphorus levels in Lake Rose are worse than the state standard.

Water quality of Lake Rose is poor, with average nutrient levels higher than state standards for shallow lakes. Phosphorus is the nutrient that fuels algae and plant growth. Too much phosphorus can lead to unwanted algae blooms in a lake. The high levels of phosphorus in Lake Rose have allowed for algae to grow. Algae has decreased water clarity and water quality of Lake Rose. Overall, the high nutrient levels and presence of algae in Lake Rose indicate poor water quality.

graph of chlorophyll-a in Lake Rose over time
Chlorophyll-a levels in Lake Rose have drastically decreased and are now better than the state standard.
Graph of water clarity in Lake Rose over time
Water clarity in Lake Rose and is fair; water clarity borderlines the state standard.











Printable Lake Rose Fact Sheet

Current Projects

The District has completed a lake water quality study to identify potential water quality improvement projects to improve the health of the Holiday-Wing-Rose chain of lakes. The District is currently completing a feasibility study and preliminary engineering study for the recommended management activities from the completed 2022 water quality study. It is anticipated that the feasibility study will be completed late-May 2023. The District will use the feasibility study to move towards project implementation to improve the health of Lake Holiday, Wing Lake, and Lake Rose.

To learn more about this study, visit this website: Holiday, Wing, Rose Lakes study

The District has helped fund several best management projects near Lake Rose. Best management projects include raingardens, shoreline buffers, habitat restorations, and more. These projects help reduce runoff that enters Lake Rose.

For information about other past District projects, click here.

Shallow Lakes

Check out this story map to learn about what is so special about shallow lakes! To view the story map in a new browser window, click here.


Lake Rose does not have public access.


The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources may have additional information on the lake (including fishing regulations; location; water access sites; lake maps; lake reports on stocking, ice in/out and water quality; fish consumption; and aquatic plant surveys) if so, that information can be found here:


Downloadable water quality data can be found here:


diagram of ways to clean water—clean off boats for AIS, sweep up leaves and grass, pick up after pets, and plant native plants