Lakes in Minnesota

Although it's called the Land of 10,000 Lakes, Minnesota has many more than that! In fact, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, it boasts 11,842 lakes that are over 10 acres in size. The largest one that's completely within the state is Red Lake at 288,800 acres, followed by Mille Lacs Lake at 132,516 acres. Other large lakes totally within Minnesota's borders include Leech Lake (11,527 acres), Lake Winnibigoshish (58,544 acres) and Lake Vermilion (40,557 acres). Parts of Lake Superior and Lake of the Woods also lie with Minnesota.

Minnesota's lakes and rivers contain an abundance of bass, muskie, northern pike, panfish, trout and walleye, with is the state fish. Freshwater fishing, as well as other water sports, such as scuba diving, sailing, canoeing, kayaking and waterskiing, are popular pastimes there. In fact, Minnesota is the birthplace of waterskiing, which was first performed there in 1922.

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Featured lakes in Minnesota

Bear Island Lake

Bear Island Lake is situated between two mountain ranges, the Mesabi and the Vermilion, in Bear Island State Forest. Large and sprawling, the 2,351-acre lake has many arms, points and islands. It has three public access points and is a great place to catch walleye. The towns of Babbitt, Ely, Soudan and Tower are nearby.