Its summertime again in Minnesota, and after a spring of social distancing, we all deserve to have a great time.As the summer heats up, there’s no better way to spend the season than out on the lake and in the metro area that often means a visit to Lake Minnetonka.


Before you head out onto the lake you’ll want to be prepared. At Canvasworks we specialize in custom boat covers, boat lift covers, and boat seat upholstery, and other marine product manufacturing so your boat is ready for everything you have planned. Give us a call to get your boat ready for summer fun before you head out on Lake Minnetonka this year. Once your boat is ready to go check out these great ideas for summer fun on the water to make the most of the season!

1.   Break out the Water Skis (or Wakeboard)

Water skiing has been a time honored Minnesota tradition since it was invented on Lake Pepin in 1922. If you’ve never had the chance to try water skiing, now is the time to give it a shot. Learning to water ski can be tricky, but with a little bit of help from an instructor or a friend you will be enjoying yourself on the water before you know it. If water skiing isn’t your thing, give wakeboarding a try. Either way it’s a great way to enjoy a day on the lake. 

2.   Grab Dinner on the Dock

Is there anything more relaxing than dining by the water? How about a day on the lake, dinner on the lake, and a sunset cruise afterwards? Lake Minnetonka offers a wealth of great dockside dining opportunities, from Maynards and Lord Fletchers to Bayside. If you’re looking for more options, many area restaurants that deliver offer delivery to public docks too. You can gGrab a great meal at your favorite dockside restaurant and head out for a relaxing evening on your boat.

3.   Relax on the Beach

If you’re tired of cruising and want to take a break on land, Lake Minnetonka has a variety of beaches for you to enjoy. Many of them have grill sites and bathrooms, making them a great option for a meal and a short break from the boat for the kids. Once everyone has had a chance to stretch their legs and enjoy a meal, you’ll be right back on the lake.

4.   Go Fishing

Fishing on Lake Minnetonka may not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think of the big lake, but it offers great fishing opportunities, especially during the week. Lake Minnetonka is known for trophy largemouth bass, as well as strong pike, walley, muskie, and panfish populations. It is a nationally recognized trophy largemouth bass fishery. If you’re unsure of where to fish, give one of the many guide companies working on the lake a call.


Whether you decide to take one of our suggestions or find another fun way to spend time on Lake Minnetonka this summer, you’ll be sure to enjoy yourself on the largest lake in the Twin Cities metro.


Contact Our Cokato Bimini Top and Boat Upholstery Manufacturers

Whatever your plans are this summer, our boat upholstery and bimini top manufacturers at Canvasworks in Cokato, MN can help you get ready for the season. We offer custom manufactured marine products to keep your passengers comfortable and protect your boat and its upholstery all summer and winter long.


Visit our online gallery to check out some of our beautiful bimini tops and custom boat upholstery. Then give us a call at 320-559-0165 to order your custom boat canopy system or contact us online to connect with a member of our team about your boat upholstery and sun top needs today.