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Shorewood, Minnesota is in southwestern Hennepin County, on the south shores of Lake Minnetonka. Incorporated in 1956, Shorewood was previously part of Excelsior Township, along with the nearby cities of Deephaven, Excelsior, Greenwood, and Tonka Bay.

Other cities abutting Shorewood include Chanhassen and Victoria.

Shorewood also includes the Lake Minnetonka islands of Spray, Shady, and the eastern portion of Enchanted, although these islands are usually accessed from Mound, from which residents receive postal services, fire protection, and schools.

Most of Christmas Lake, Silver Lake, and Lake William are in Shorewood, and a small portion along the southern part of Galpin Lake is within the city. Lakes that are wholly within the city include include Como Lake and Mary Lake. Shorewood includes a long stretch of shoreline on Lake Minnetonka.

Local parks include Badger Park, Freeman Park, Manor Park, Silverwood Park, and South Shore Community Park. Badger Park includes a turf football and lacrosse field, tennis courts, and a playground. Freeman Park has two playgrounds, fields for Babe Ruth baseball, Little League baseball, and softball, as well as a soccer field, skating rink, and sand volleyball court. A playground, tennis court, sand volleyball court, softball field, and skating rink are available at Manor Park. Silverwood Park has a playground, practice tennis court, basketball court, and sledding hill. South Shore Community Park features a community garden.

The main roads serving the city is Minnesota State Highway 7. Others include Hazeltine Boulevard and Manitou Road.

The history of Shorewood is centered around Lake Minnetonka. Until 1822, the lake was known only to the Native Americans. In the 1850s, the Treaty of Mendota provided white settlers with access to large stretches of the Minnesota Territory, including Lake Minnetonka, and development around the lake was high in the late 1800s, as streamboats gave access to the lake.

In 1853, settlers established the city of Excelsior out of the region that was previously known as Excelsior Township. Not long afterward, the other towns that made up Excelsior Township began splitting off to form their own cities, including Deephaven, Tonka Bay, and Shorewood.

As part of the Lake Minnetonka area, Shorewood was a popular tourist destination in the late 1800s, with hotels for vacationers, and summer homes along the waterfront. State Highway 7 and the railroad made access to the area by land easier. Shorewood incorporated as a village in 1956 in order to avoid annexation by one of its neighbors, and became a city in 1974. In recent years, the city has developed into a high-end residential community. In 2016, Shorewood was reported to be the wealthiest city in Minnesota.

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