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Living in Shorewood

About Our City

The City of Shorewood incorporates 3,600 acres and is 6 miles long and 1 mile wide. The City sits on the shores of Lake Minnetonka and somewhat “surrounds” the City of Excelsior.

Three islands—Enchanted, Shady and Spray—are included as part of Shorewood. Due to their access, these islands receive postal service, fire protection and educational services from the Mound area. Shorewood remains primarily residential, although there are now several businesses scattered throughout its boundaries.

Housing is varied, including homes built at the turn of the century, and homes still being constructed. All shapes, sizes and price ranges can be found in Shorewood, but one thing all homes have in common is the beautiful, natural surroundings - lakes, trees and plenty of open space! It is a great City to call home.

There are approximately 2,812 households with a population of 7,307 within the City of Shorewood (2010 Census).

History and Demographics

Shorewood, from what had been a part of Excelsior Township, was organized as a village in 1956 and became a statutory city in 1974.

Shorewood area history dates back to the last Ice Age, when glacial melting created the Lake Minnetonka area. Situated on one of the largest lakes in Minnesota, Shorewood was incorporated from an area previously known as Excelsior Township. In the centuries following the Ice Age, the Lake area was inhabited by various Native American tribes. The name, Lake Minnetonka means “Big Waters” in native Dakota language.

In 1853, a group from New York founded the town of Excelsior out of the property formerly referred to as Excelsior Township. Remaining property, including what is now Shorewood, remained part of the Township. Over the next century other townships and municipalities were founded including Tonka Bay and Deephaven. Finally, in order to prevent the property remaining in Excelsior Township from being “lost” in annexation, a group of residents gathered together and formed what is now Shorewood.

Shorewood was primarily a residential community. It included the shores of Lake Minnetonka and Christmas Lake. It was part of the bigger Lake Minnetonka area which was a major tourist destination during the late 19th century. Luxurious hotels and inns dotted the landscape around us, and the railroad and State Highway 7 made for convenient access.