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Albert Lea Lake Hikers wake up to the sun filtering through the trees and the chirping of indigo buntings and eastern bluebirds at Albert Lea Lake in southern Minnesota. ...
Alexandria Chain of Lakes Alexandria Chain of Lakes Pictures Also known as: Lake Geneva, Lake Darling, Lake Carlos, Lake Le Homme Dieu, Lake Victoria, Lake Cowdry, Lake Jessie, North Union Lake, Lake Taylor, Lake Stony and Lake Brophy
A favorite for family vacations in Minnesota's Central Lakes region is the group of lakes known as the Alexandria Chain of Lakes. The lakes nearly surround ...
Ann Lake Ann Lake Pictures In a land with thousands of lakes, a spot like Ann Lake might be overlooked. But this lake in Minnesota's Central Region might well be the perfect spot ...
Bass Lake Sipping coffee on the deck overlooking 220-acre Bass Lake is a gift, a chance to let the stress melt away. As the mist rises off the water, the loons ...
Battle Lake Also known as: East Battle Lake, West Battle Lake
Connected by Battle Creek, West Battle Lake and East Battle Lake sprawl across over 7,500 acres of central Minnesota in Ottertail County. With more than ...
Bay Lake Bay Lake Pictures Also known as: Sisabagama Lake
Located in the Brainerd Lakes area of Minnesota's Central Region, Bay Lake has been the summer home of generations of Mid-westerners since early in the ...
Bear Lake Sunny days, solitude and shoreline - that's what you'll find at Bear Lake. Located in Minnesota's Central Region, little Bear Lake provides them all. ...
Beltrami Lake Also known as: Turtle River Chain of Lakes
Lake Beltrami is a sparkling body of water situated snugly in Minnesota's Northwest Tourism Region. This crystal clear lake is a part of the Turtle River ...
Big Birch Lake Big Birch Lake lies at the heart of Minnesota. With sparkling water spread across Todd and Stearns County lines, Big Birch Lake is at the geographic center ...
Big Pine Lake Snowmobiles race through the snow-covered countryside of central Minnesota, darting between Big Pine Lake and the area's other lakes. With the ice huts ...
Big Sand Lake Big Sand Lake Pictures One of the many beautiful lakes in Northwest Minnesota is Big Sand Lake with over 1600 acres, providing many opportunities to enjoy water sports of all ...
Big Sandy Lake Big Sandy Lake is located in Minnesota's northeast Aitkin County, home to over one million acres of hardwood forest and 365 lakes. With the majority of ...
Big Stone Lake Big Stone Lake's sparkling blue water covers 12,360 acres and forms the border between western Minnesota and northeastern South Dakota. This picturesque ...
Big Trout Lake Big Trout Lake Pictures One of the prettiest places to watch the sun rise in Central Minnesota is Big Trout Lake. This popular lake on the Whitefish Chain of Lakes is wonderfully ...
Birch Lake Located in St. Louis County Minnesota and the Superior National Forest, Birch Lake is an escape from the hustle and bustle of the concrete civilizations ...
Blackduck Lake Bald eagles gracefully swoop over elegant sandbars and around the large, peaceful island situated directly in the middle of Blackduck Lake. Located just ...
Bowstring Lake Be it fishing, wakeboarding, canoeing or just simply wildlife watching, Bowstring Lake fulfills its visitors every vacation need. Set in Itasca County ...
Boyer Lake Boyer Lake is a scenic, 383-acre lake in western Becker County, Minnesota. With its many small islands, bays, and peninsulas, the lake is a favorite with ...
Brainerd Lakes Brainerd Lakes Pictures One of Minnesota's most famous vacation wonderlands is the Brainerd Lakes. Located about two hours northwest of the Minneapolis-St Paul metro-plex, Brainerd ...
Burntside Lake Burntside Lake Pictures Burntside Lake is an impressive nine-mile long lake in St. Louis County, Minnesota. With a surface area of 7,314 acres and no motor restrictions, Burntside ...
Cass Lake Cass Lake Pictures Cass Lake is, without a doubt, one of Minnesota's natural treasures. Its scenic beauty is only surpassed by its rich history, unique features and the ...
Cedar Lake Visitors never tire of exploring Cedar Lake, Minnesota with its many twists, turns, bays, and coves. Cedar Lake is a spring- and small stream-fed lake ...
Chisago Lakes Chisago Lakes Pictures About 130 years ago, the Chisago Lakes Chain of Lakes was undivided, linked together as one big lake. The Swedish settlers called the 5,400-acre body ...
Clamshell Lake Also known as: Whitefish Chain of Lakes
Peals of laughter are often heard when central Minnesota's Clamshell Lake comes into view. Walking through the trees towards its sandy shoreline reveals ...
Clearwater Lake Just north of Minnesota's small city of Annandale is Clearwater Lake, a popular residential lake in an area with abundant bodies of water. Visitors and ...
Colby Lake Situated just southeast of Minnesota's illustrious Twin Cities, the cozy Colby Lake is comprised of 67 acres in Washington County. It features an average ...
Crane Lake Tucked into the vast and remote wilderness of northeastern Minnesota, Crane Lake is a picture of beauty seemingly taken before the rise of civilization. ...
Cross Lake Also known as: Whitefish Chain of Lakes
Cross Lake is one of 14 lakes in the Whitefish Chain of Lakes, which is the largest chain in the Brained area of Minnesota. Nestled in central Minnesota ...
Cullen Chain of Lakes Also known as: Upper Cullen Lake, Middle Cullen Lake, Lower Cullen Lake
Cullen Chain of Lakes consists of three lakes, Upper Cullen, Middle Cullen, and Lower Cullen, located in Crow Wing County in the Central Region of Minnesota. ...
Cut Foot Sioux Lakes Cut Foot Sioux Lakes Pictures Also known as: Big Cut Foot Sioux Lake, Little Cut Foot Sioux Lake
Few people have heard of the Northeast Minnesota destination of Cut Foot Sioux Lakes. Connected to neighboring Lake Winnibigoshish, the Cut Foot Sioux ...
Cuyuna Lakes, Cuyuna Country State Recreation Area Cuyuna Lakes, Cuyuna Country State Recreation Area Pictures Also known as: Blackhoof Lake, Mahnomen Lake, Little Mahnomen Lake, Pascoe Lake, June Lake, Portage Lake, Serpent Lake, Sagamore Mine Lake, Huntington Mine Lake, Pennington Mine Lake, Portsmouth Mine Lake, Mahnomen Mine Lakes #1 and #2 and other small lakes
Little known but extra special are the many lakes within the Cuyuna Country State Recreation Area in central Minnesota. Nature lovers and recreational ...
Deer Lake Also known as: Lake of Changing Colors
Often called the "Lake of Changing Colors," Deer Lake is a jewel in Minnesota's northwoods country. Located northwest of Grand Rapids in south-central ...
Detroit Lake Minnesota's Detroit Lake offers visitors an impressive number of things to do, both in and out of the water. The lake offers 3,067 acres of year-round ...
East Silent Lake East Silent Lake is located in Otter Tail County, Minnesota, with 328 watery acres and a maximum depth of 48 feet. The lake's 4.8-mile sandy shoreline ...
Farm Island Lake Farm Island Lake Pictures With over 2000 acres of water hidden behind an unassuming name, Farm Island Lake is sheer Central Minnesota delight. The lake is named for the largest ...
Fish Trap Lake A pure Minnesotan jewel, the sparkling 1,175-acre Fish Trap Lake is situated in the state's central tourism region. Located in Morrison County just two ...
Fountain Lake Fountain Lake is a sparkling 521-acre southern Minnesota lake, featuring three prominently-placed water fountains. Its shores surround the city of Albert ...
Granite Lake Granite Lake is an awesome natural treasure situated on the western edge of Minnesota's Metro tourism region. Composed of 353 acres of surface area and ...
Green Lake Green Lake Pictures Minnesota's moniker is the 'Land of 10,000 Lakes,' and 5,560-acre Green Lake became known as the 'Gem of 10,000 Lakes' during its development in the early ...
Gull Lake Gull Lake Pictures Also known as: Brainerd Lakes
Gull Lake, located in the Central Region of Minnesota's "Land of 10,000 Lakes", boasts 9,418 surface acres and 38 miles of pristine shoreline. The deep, ...
Gunflint Lake Gunflint Lake Pictures Gunflint Lake holds a special spot in the hearts of outdoors fans in Minnesota's Northeastern Region. Almost 30 miles northwest of Grand Marais 'as the ...
Horseshoe Chain of Lakes Horseshoe Chain of Lakes Pictures Also known as: Horseshoe Chain, Sauk River Chain of Lakes
The Horseshoe Chain of Lakes in Central Minnesota has been a well-loved vacation destination for many years. The chain of over a dozen lakes along the ...
Kabekona Lake Kabekona Lake Pictures They start almost every day this way, sitting on the deck, and watching the loons glide across Kabekona Lake. When they were ready to retire they knew ...
Lac qui Parle Thousands of feathered creatures gather here, nesting, breeding and chattering about things only birds would know about. For the myriad sounds the birds ...
Lake Andrusia Also known as: Andrusia Lake
The "Mighty Mississippi River," made legendary in songs and novels, travels 2,552 miles from its start to its delta at the Gulf of Mexico. The headwaters ...
Lake Bemidji Lake Bemidji Pictures Also known as: Bemidji Lake
A cornucopia of soothing sound, rejuvenating sights and the invigorating scents of nature at work, Lake Bemidji is one of Minnesota's natural gems. A ...
Lake Calhoun Lake Calhoun Pictures Also known as: Minneapolis Chain of Lakes
Thousands of people come to Minneapolis' Chain of Lakes every year. The five beautiful lakes (Lake Harriet, Cedar Lake, Brownie Lake, Lake of the Isles ...
Lake Elmo Lake Elmo Pictures Shining like a jewel in an oasis of green, Lake Elmo is located along the eastern city limits of St. Paul, Minnesota. This 281-acre lake has been offering ...
Lake Harriet Lake Harriet Pictures Part of the Minneapolis Chain of Lakes, Lake Harriet is located in the southwest part of Minneapolis. This 353-acre lake, which has a maximum depth of ...
Lake Kabetogama Lake Kabetogama Pictures Also known as: Kabetogama Lake
Located just a few miles from the Canadian border in St. Louis County, Minnesota's Kabetogama Lake is every bit as unique as its name implies. This freshwater ...
Lake Lida Lake Lida Pictures Also known as: North Lake Lida
Located in the Central Region of Minnesota, Lake Lida (also known as North Lake Lida) is a 5,564-acre lake known for its prime walleye fishing. With a ...
Lake Lizzie Located six miles northeast of Pelican Rapids in Otter Tail County, Lake Lizzie is a 4,035-acre lake connected to Pelican Lake and Prairie Lake via the ...
Lake Mary Covering 2,371 acres, Lake Mary is one of the larger lakes in the Alexandria Lakes Area in Douglas County, Minnesota. Although certain areas of the lake ...
Lake Minnetonka Lake Minnetonka Pictures Lake Minnetonka's 14,000 acres contain many bays and coves, resembling a collection of smaller lakes. "Minnetonka" comes from the Sioux language meaning ...
Lake Minnewaska Also known as: Minnewaska Lake
Perfectly positioned in Minnesota's Central region for easy access, Lake Minnewaska offers the best of everything in lake-based recreation. Over 7,000 ...
Lake Nokomis Lake Nokomis Pictures Tucked away in the heart of Minneapolis, 204-acre Lake Nokomis is settled snugly between two conjoining rivers and a number of quiet neighborhoods. Located ...
Lake of the Woods Lake of the Woods Pictures Spanning the border from Minnesota into the Canadian provinces of Ontario and Manitoba, Lake of the Woods is an enormous body of water over 68 miles long, ...
Lake Onalaska Lake Onalaska Pictures Lake Onalaska is a popular year-round recreation destination on the upper Mississippi River, located between La Crosse, Wisconsin and La Crescent, Minnesota. ...
Lake Osakis Lake Osakis, stretched across the prairie in the Central Region of Minnesota, has been a vacation destination for several generations of 'lake lubbers'. ...
Lake Owasso & Lake Josephine Lake Owasso & Lake Josephine Pictures Twin residential lakes in the Twin Cities metropolitan area, Lake Josephine and Lake Owasso offer a welcome recreational respite from the bustling cities ...
Lake Pepin Lake Pepin Pictures Lake Pepin is the largest lake on the Mississippi River, formed about 9,500 years ago by the backup of water behind sediments where the Chippewa River ...
Lake Plantagenet Lake Plantagenet Pictures Also known as: Plantagenet Lake
Lake Plantagenet holds a special place in the hearts of fishermen in Northwest Minnesota. Where else can you find fighting muskie with a four-foot size ...
Lake Shetek Lake Shetek Pictures Located near the southwestern corner of the state, Lake Shetek is one of the best known of Minnesota Southern Region Lakes. Shetek means pelican in the ...
Lake Superior Lake Superior Pictures Skipping over state and country borders, Lake Superior, the largest, deepest, coldest, cleanest, least developed, and most pristine of the Great Lakes, ...
Lake Sylvia Also known as: West Lake Sylvia, East Lake Sylvia, Twin Lake, Greater Lake Sylvia
The kayaker slips into the water a paddles slowly out into West Lake Sylvia. It is barely light, and there is no one awake but the fishermen and loons. ...
Lake Traverse Lake Traverse straddles the border of Minnesota's Central tourism region and South Dakota's northeastern Great Lakes and Prairie region. Covering more ...
Lake Vermilion Lake Vermilion Pictures Known as "Lake of the Sunset Glow" by its ancient Ojibwe inhabitants, northeastern Minnesota's sunny Lake Vermilion is a positively ideal getaway. This ...
Lake Waconia Lake Waconia Pictures Also known as: Clearwater Lake (historic)
Lake Waconia is one of the lesser-known large lakes in the Minneapolis Metro Region. At nearly 3100 acres, the lake offers plenty of play space for water ...
Lake Washington Lake Washington Pictures Lake Washington is a uniquely-shaped body of water situated just northeast of the Mankato Regional Airport, in Minnesota's Southern tourism region. While ...
Lake Winnibigoshish Also known as: Lake Winnie
Lake Winnibigoshish is a legend among Minnesota lakes. The lake's impressive size, covering more than 58,500 acres, reaches into both the Northwest and ...
Leech Lake Leech Lake Pictures With over 120,000 acres of water and 316 miles of shoreline, Leech Lake is the third largest lake in Minnesota, the "Land of 10,000 Lakes". Leech Lake ...
Lewis Lake Deep within eastern Minnesota's wilderness sits an enticing body of water known as Lewis Lake. This body of water was naturally formed from the most recent ...
Little Boy Lake Paradise comes at very little cost while guests look upon Little Boy Lake's shimmering waters in northern Minnesota. This 1,372-acre lake is moments away ...
Long Lake Long Lake Pictures Settled along the outskirts of Minneapolis resides quiet Long Lake. This natural lake offers a suburban setting for those not wishing to stray too far ...
Madison Lake Madison Lake is a natural, freshwater lake situated in Minnesota's Blue Earth County. It is a rather large lake, with a surface area of 1,113 acres and ...
Maple Lake, MN Maple Lake, MN Pictures The peaceful body of water known as Maple Lake is tucked into Minnesota's Metro tourism region, about 45 miles northwest of Minneapolis. The lake is situated ...
Medicine Lake Medicine Lake Pictures Medicine Lake, in the Minneapolis-Saint Paul Metro Region, is an example of how a concerned community takes care of their natural resources. The 936-acre ...
Mille Lacs Lake Mille Lacs Lake Pictures Also known as: Lake Mille Lacs
Mille Lacs Lake imposes a commanding presence in the Central Region of Minnesota. At 132,000 acres, Lake Mille Lacs is Minnesota's second largest inland ...
Minneapolis Chain of Lakes Minneapolis Chain of Lakes Pictures Also known as: Lake Harriet, Lake Calhoun, Lake of the Isles, Cedar Lake, Brownie Lake
The Minneapolis Chain of Lakes is an urban recreation gem of five lakes: Lake Harriet, Lake Calhoun, Lake of the Isles, Cedar Lake, and Brownie Lake. ...
Moose Lake The passage of time often brings change and development to certain areas, but northern Minnesota's Moose Lake rests quietly in its remote setting. With ...
North Long Lake North Long Lake Pictures Also known as: Brainerd Lakes
Covering almost 6,000 acres, North Long Lake is one of the largest and most popular of the Brainerd Lakes. North Long Lake is located in the Central ...
Norway Lake Norway Lake Pictures Norway Lake is nestled in Kandiyohi County on the southern border of Minnesota's Central tourism region. It is part of the Wilmar Lakes Area which includes ...
Okamanpeedan Lake Also known as: Tuttle Lake
Located in Martin County, Minnesota and Emmet County, Iowa, Okamanpeedan Lake is also known as Tuttle Lake. Okamanpeedan is Native American for "nesting ...
Otter Lake Otter Lake is located among the beautiful waterways and breathtaking scenery of Minnesota's Boundary Waters Canoe Area (BWCA). This isolated lake lies ...
Otter Tail Lake With over 13,000 acres of water and 22 miles of shoreline, Otter Tail Lake is the largest lake in Otter Tail County and is located in the Central tourism ...
Pelican Lake-Crow Wing County Pelican Lake-Crow Wing County Pictures Long a traditional vacation lake in Minnesota's Central region, Pelican Lake is the second-largest lake in the Brainerd Lakes area. Over 8,000 acres of ...
Pelican Lake-Otter Tail County Pelican Lake is a 3,925-acre lake located in northwestern Otter Tail County approximately 7 miles north of Pelican Rapids, Minnesota. Pelican Lake is ...
Pelican Lake-St. Louis County Pelican Lake-St. Louis County Pictures Pelican Lake lies adjacent to the small town of Orr in St. Louis County, Minnesota. Pelican Lake has 54 miles of shoreline and is peppered with 53 islands. ...
Phalen Chain of Lakes Phalen Chain of Lakes Pictures Also known as: Lake Phalen, Round Lake, Lake Keeler, Lake Gervais, Spoon Lake, Kohlman Lake
Lake Phalen and the Phalen Chain of Lakes provide the City of St. Paul with a major source for water-based fun. The lakes officially included in the chain ...
Pickerel Lake Pickerel Lake Pictures Minnesota's northwest region is draped in majestic forests and dotted with some of the state's most pristine lakes including Pickerel Lake. Surrounded ...
Pimushe Lake He's been out on Pimushe Lake since dawn and hasn't seen anything. Ready to give up, he's walking down an abandoned logging road heading back to the ...
Pokegama Lake Also known as: Lake Pokegama
Pokegama Lake has been a premier vacation destination for over 100 years. Located on the southwestern side of Grand Rapids, Minnesota in Itasca County, ...
Prior Lake Prior Lake Pictures Also known as: Lower Prior Lake, Upper Prior Lake
Thousands of years ago, when glaciers crept through the part of North America that is now Minnesota, they left behind a series of natural features that ...
Rainy Lake Rainy Lake Pictures Rainy Lake's sprawling 221,000 acres straddle the border of United States and Canada. Known as a water sports lover's paradise, Rainy Lake is located ...
Roosevelt Lake Also known as: Crooked Lake -historical
Roosevelt Lake is the kind of place that evokes generations of memories. Located about 45 miles north of Brainerd, Roosevelt Lake is at the north end ...
Rush Lake Rush Lake Pictures Rush Lake is a 5,338-acre natural lake located in central Otter Tail County in the Central Region of Minnesota. Rush Lake is part of the Otter Tail River ...
Saganaga Lake The 13,832 acres of Saganaga Lake straddle the border of Northeastern Minnesota and Ontario, Canada. Part of the well known Boundary Waters Canoe Area ...
Sea Gull Lake Sea Gull Lake Pictures Sea Gull Lake is at the end of Gunflint Trail, one of Northeast Minnesota's best known and most loved Scenic Byways. The trail provides 57 miles of near-wilderness ...
Siseebakwet Lake Also known as: Sugar
Sitting atop a brightly-colored towel and looking across Siseebakwet Lake's crystalline, vividly blue waters might bring up images of the Caribbean or ...
Snowbank Lake Snowbank Lake Pictures Remote Snowbank Lake in northeast Minnesota borders the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness and serves as a gateway to this popular outdoor adventure-land. ...
South Long Lake South Long Lake Pictures Also known as: Upper South Long Lake, Lower South Long Lake, Brainerd Lakes
South Long Lake near Brainerd, Minnesota in Crow Wing County offers 2,115 acres of scenic beauty with a shoreline surrounded by rolling hills covered ...
Spirit Lake The small town of Menahga, Minnesota wraps itself around sparkling, 115-acre Spirit Lake. This popular recreation lake stays busy year round, especially ...
Star Lake Star Lake is a 4,721-acre lake located in north-central Otter Tail County approximately four miles west of Dent, Minnesota. The lake's name was derived ...
Ten Mile Lake Also known as: Tenmile Lake
Ten Mile Lake is a 5,046-acre spring-fed lake located near Hackensack, in the northwest region of Minnesota. With 25 miles of shoreline and a maximum ...
Upper Red Lake Nestled in the Northwest Region of Minnesota, Upper Red Lake has an incredible comeback story and is becoming a popular vacation place for the second ...
Wabana Lake Also known as: Wabana Chain of Lakes
Trilling their distinctive call, loons glide across the surface of Wabana Lake, dodging in and out of the mist rising from the exceptionally clear water. ...
White Bear Lake White Bear Lake Pictures White Bear Lake is both a lake and a lakefront community in Ramsey County, Minnesota which attracts year round visitors from across the country. Just ...
White Iron Lake White Iron Lake is part of a chain of lakes in St. Louis County, Minnesota that also includes Garden Lake, Farm Lake, and South Farm Lake. Part of the ...
Whitefish Chain of Lakes Also known as: Pine River Reservoir
Whitefish Chain of Lakes, also known as the Pine River Reservoir, is one of six Mississippi River Headwater Reservoirs in central Minnesota. Located ...
Whitefish Lake Whitefish Lake Pictures Also known as: Upper Whitefish Lake and Lower Whitefish Lake, Whitefish Chain of Lakes
The natural beauty of Whitefish Lake will leave visitors spellbound and ready to leave the cares of the world behind. Nestled in the Central Region of ...
Woman Lake Chain Also known as: Child Lake, Girl Lake, Little Woman Lake, Woman Lake, Squaw Lake
The Woman Lake Chain in northwest Minnesota includes four lakes and covers 5,502 acres. Sprawling across Cass County slightly south of the Chippewa National ...

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