Lake Minnetonka was given its name by Minnesota's teriitorial governor, Alexander Ramsey, in 1852. He had been informed that American Indians in the area used a phrase sounding like Minn-ni-tanka, meaning "Big Water", to refer to the Lake. That same year, the first settlements were established along its shores and, in 1853; the first hotel was constructed.
Lake Minnetonka was mentioned in the 1984 Prince film Purple Rain during a scene in which Prince's love interest attempts to "purify" herself in the waters of the lake. After she enters the water, Prince reveals that the water she has entered is not actually Lake Minnetonka. Dave Chappelle (as Prince) mocked that scene in an episode of Chapplelle's Show when he sked, "Why don't you purify yourself in the waters of lake Minnetonka?" Since his rise to fame in the 1980s, Prince has lived in the area but never on the Lake itself. He has had a home on Lake Ann in Chanhassen.For more details about lake Minnetonka cruises contact us at (952)451-9001.
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