Chanhassen; Eden Prairie
Swimming, Fishing, Boating -
Bluegill; Northern Pike; Yellow Perch; Yellow Bullhead
Common Carp; Curly Leaf Pondweed; Eurasian Watermilfoil
Lake Riley is located about 20 miles southwest of Minneapolis, Minnesota and is shaped a bit like a cowboy hat. Lake Riley straddles the cities of Eden Prairie and Chanhassen, as well as Hennepin and Carver counties. Riley is part of the Riley Creek Chain of Lakes, beginning at Lake Lucy, and is the deepest lake in the district. Lake Riley has a public boat ramp, a fishing pier, and a large public beach as part of Eden Prairie's Riley Lake Park.
~Learn more about the Riley Creek Watershed.
"The present landscape resulted largely from glacial activity during the Quaternary period (2 million years ago to the present). Minnesota's present climate, with its cyclic warm and cold seasons, became established during this time. Glaciers "warehoused" huge quantities of the earth's water supplies. Plant and animal communities migrated, adapted selectively, or became extinct with the changing climate. Minnesota saw the advance and retreat of several major, successive periods of continental ice sheets. Meltwater from the ice masses first pooled in lakes, then overflowed into rivers, which sought sea level." - From DNR Natural History: Minnesota
Thanks to John Bushey and Anne Florenzano for keeping these charts current!