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
Phosphorous 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. Phosphorous is the nutrient that fuels algae and plant growth. Too much phosphorous can lead to unwanted algae blooms in a lake. The high levels of phosphorous 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 fact sheet

Current Projects

The Nine Mile Creek Watershed District has not conducted any major water quality improvement projects on Lake Rose. Currently, we are updating the Use Attainability Analysis studies (UAA) for Holiday, Wing and Rose lakes. This UAA study will help identify potential projects to improve the Holiday, Wing, Rose lakes chain.

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. The District also provides education on pollution and runoff prevention.

For information about other past District projects, click here.

Shallow Lakes

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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