The lakes in Eden Prairie were named after the pioneer families who lived near them. Bryant's Long Lake was named for William V. Bryant in 1852, and was also known as Island lake, because of the submerged island it contains, which is reportedly a good fishing spot.
There are two residential neighborhoods on Bryant Lake. On the northwestern shore is Beach Road and on the southeastern shore is Willow Creek Road and Willowood Ave. Bryant Lake neighbors also include SuperValu, Inc., The International School of Minnesota, and Bryant Lake Regional Park.
Bryant Lake is 161 acres of paradise that is approximately 10 miles southwest of Minneapolis. The lake is used by fishermen year round. Ice skating and cross country skiing are popular when the weather conditions permit. Also, it is a wonderful lake for water skiing, sailing, kayaking, canoeing, paddleboating and birdwatching.
The Bryant Lake Yacht Club, the Bryant Lake Ski Team and the Women of Bryant Lake are active neighborhood organizations.