Fishing With Friends

Fishing with Friends is a group of area volunteers who take Active Older Adults, ages 55+ out on Lake Minnetonka pontoon trips for pleasure or for catching pan fish.

When do the trips start?
June 5 through August 31 on weekdays. The pontoon is specially built for the comfort of riders with cushioned high-back captain chairs and is handicapped accessible.

What is the cost?
FREE. We provide the pontoon, life jackets, treats, drinking water, fishing poles, bait, captain and first mate.

How long do the trips last?
One and one-half hour trips. Each pontoon trip is for 10 individuals and will be scheduled as a fishing trip or a pleasure Lake Minnetonka voyage.

Where do we take off from?
Your departure site is Howard’s Point Marina in excelsior which is only a 15 minute easy car ride from Chaska. Guest are required to obtain their own transportation to and from the lake and to have a fishing license if they will be fishing.

How do I find out more about scheduling an AOA group for a trip?
Call Anne at the Chaska Park and Recreation Department at (952) 227-7793, or stop at The Lodge at the CCC. Nursing homes, assisted living buildings, and church groups are especially encouraged to contact us. Wheel chairs are easily accommodated on the pontoon.

How can such a wonderful program be Free?
Because of our sponsors who are the Chaska Lions Club, Chaska Rotary, city of Chaska, Cabin Fever, Auburn Home Services, and RJM Construction.


2017 is the seventh year for the local fishing chapter. Last year over 65 trips were taken on Lake Minnetonka serving nearly 600 AOA’s and youth riders. We are dependent on volunteers who can serve as captains of the pontoon and first mates that will assist the passengers. The pontoon is put into and taken out of the water by Howards Point marina staff. Our volunteers pick the trips they would like to go on. If you enjoy the Minnesota summer time and would like to give back to help others who are in need of assistance, please call Anne at (952) 227-7793. We provide the easy training and in-service required with over 40 individuals presently helping making the Chaska Fishing With Friends chapter a success.


If you are interested in helping fund this worthwhile program please give us a call. There are different sponsorship programs and amounts available for both the youth and AOA aspects of our chapter.