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Here are the 91 lakes we have listed within USA > Midwest > Minnesota - compared by Longest Shorelines.

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Lake Name Shoreline length in miles Lake Description
Lake of the Woods
(Manitoba, Canada / Ontario, Canada / Minnesota, USA)
25,000 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, 59 miles wide, with 25,000 miles of shoreline - the world's longest lake shoreline. The western part of the lake is mostly open water, while the ...
Lake Superior
(Ontario, Canada / Great Lakes / Michigan, USA / Minnesota, USA / Wisconsin, USA)
2,726 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, reigns as the largest freshwater lake in the world by surface area. By volume, this 31,820 square mile colossus ranks fourth - a whopping 2,900 cubic ...
Rainy Lake
(Ontario, Canada / Minnesota, USA)
929 Rainy Lake Pictures Rainy Lake's sprawling 221,000 acres straddle the border of the United States and Canada. Known as a water sports lover's paradise, Rainy Lake is located in the Northeastern Region of Minnesota near International Falls and Ranier. Canada's portion of Rainy Lake consists of 75% of this massive body ...
Leech Lake
(Minnesota, USA)
316 Leech Lake Pictures Leech Lake Message Forums With over 120,000 acres of water and 316 miles of shoreline, Leech Lake is the third largest lake located entirely in Minnesota, the "Land of 10,000 Lakes". Leech Lake is nestled in the Northwest Region of Minnesota in Cass County with most of its boundaries in the Chippewa National Forest and the ...
Namakan Lake
(Ontario, Canada / Minnesota, USA)
285 Namakan Lake Pictures Namakan Lake Message Forums Also known as: Namakan Reservoir
Namakan Lake's delights await the lucky visitor. Covering more than 24,000 acres with many small islands, about half of the lake is located in Minnesota's Northeast Region and the other half in Ontario, Canada. The USA portion of the lake lies within Voyageurs National Park, a vast expanse of woods ...
Lake Vermilion
(Minnesota, USA)
202 Lake Vermilion Pictures Lake Vermilion Message Forums Known as "Lake of the Sunset Glow" by its ancient Ojibwe inhabitants, northeastern Minnesota's sunny Lake Vermilion is a positively ideal getaway. This immaculate body of water is enormous, featuring a surface area of 40,557 acres and an average depth of 76 feet. Smack in the middle of the Minnesota ...
Kabetogama Lake
(Minnesota, USA)
188 Kabetogama Lake Pictures Kabetogama Lake Message Forums Also known as: Lake Kabetogama
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 glacial body is situated within Voyaguers National Park, and is connected to three other lakes in the region: Namakan, Sand Point and Crane Lakes. ...
Lake Winnibigoshish
(Minnesota, USA)
141 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 Northeast tourism regions of Minnesota. Lake Winnie, as it is often called, is a famed vacation destination all over the Midwest. The existence ...
Whitefish Chain of Lakes
(Minnesota, USA)
119 Whitefish Chain of Lakes Message Forums 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 in the Brained area, which is well known for its lakes, Whitefish Chain of Lakes is the largest of the chain lakes, boasting close to 14,000 acres of ...
Lake Minnetonka
(Minnesota, USA)
110 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 "big waters." Many Native Americans, including the Dakota, Sioux, Ojibwa, Cheyenne, and Iowa tribes, lived in the Minnetonka area in previous centuries. ...
Cut Foot Sioux Lakes
(Minnesota, USA)
100 Cut Foot Sioux Lakes Pictures Cut Foot Sioux Lakes Message Forums 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 Lakes share in all of the fun and attract less of a crowd than their larger neighbor. This makes the lakes an ideal place for a vacation filled with ...
Lake Pepin
(Minnesota, USA / Wisconsin, USA)
85 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 empties into the Mighty Mississippi. Lake Pepin occupies a 28-mile portion of the border between Minnesota and Wisconsin. This glacial lake once extended ...
Birch Lake
(Minnesota, USA)
80 Birch Lake Message Forums 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 and a step back to the country as it was for the early settlers. However, with many great vacation rentals around the lake, you can still appreciate ...
Horseshoe Chain of Lakes
(Minnesota, USA)
76 Horseshoe Chain of Lakes Pictures Horseshoe Chain of Lakes Message Forums 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 Sauk River has long been known as a great fishing, boating and resort location a bit west of St. Cloud. In recent years the chain has been renamed the ...
Mille Lacs Lake
(Minnesota, USA)
75 Mille Lacs Lake Pictures Also known as: Lake Mille Lacs
August 2015 Update: The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources issued an order August 2, 2015 banning walleye fishing for the rest of the season. The 40,000-pound annual quota had been exceeded, reducing the walleye population to a dangerously low level. Mille Lacs Lake imposes a commanding presence ...
Burntside Lake
(Minnesota, USA)
74 Burntside Lake Pictures Burntside Lake Message Forums 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 Lake is an extremely popular destination for water sports enthusiasts, many of whom are positively addicted to water skiing, boating and wake boarding. ...
Big Sandy Lake
(Minnesota, USA)
64 Big Sandy Lake Message Forums 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 the woodlands available to the public, Big Sandy Lake provides the perfect setting to relax, rejuvenate and reconnect with family and friends. Part ...
Big Stone Lake
(Minnesota, USA / South Dakota, USA)
62 Big Stone Lake's sparkling blue water covers 12,360 acres and forms the border between western Minnesota and northeastern South Dakota. This picturesque lake dates back 20,000 years to the last ice age when glacial Lake Agassiz passed through the Traverse Gap and emptied into glacial River Warren. ...
Pokegama Lake
(Minnesota, USA)
55 Pokegama Lake Message Forums 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, the lake offers over 6,600 acres of water and 55 miles of shoreline for year round adventure. Prior to 1858, the lands above Pokegama Lake were ...
Pelican Lake-St. Louis County
(Minnesota, USA)
54 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. [There are more than 10 Pelican Lakes in Minnesota; this one is the largest.] Pelican Lake's shoreline is extensively developed with homes, cottages, ...
Lake Osakis
(Minnesota, USA)
52 Lake Osakis Pictures Lake Osakis Message Forums Also known as: Osakis Lake
Lake Osakis, stretched across the prairie in the Central Region of Minnesota, has been a vacation destination for several generations of 'lake lubbers'. Located just two hours northwest of Minneapolis-St Paul, Lake Osakis is easily reached from Interstate 94. Lake Osakis is the primary source of the ...
Lac qui Parle
(Minnesota, USA)
42 Lac qui Parle Message Forums Thousands of feathered creatures gather here, nesting, breeding and chattering about things only birds would know about. For the myriad sounds the birds make, the Dakota people called the water body the "lake that speaks" and the French, when they came to the area, translated it to their language: ...
Gull Lake
(Minnesota, USA)
38 Gull Lake Pictures Gull Lake Message Forums 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, crystal clear waters of Gull Lake are part of the Brainerd Chain of Lakes. The lake was created in 1913 by construction of the Gull Lake Dam on the ...
Lake Traverse
(Minnesota, USA / South Dakota, USA)
35 Lake Traverse Message Forums Lake Traverse straddles the border of Minnesota's Central tourism region and South Dakota's northeastern Great Lakes and Prairie region. Covering more than 11,000 acres, this geologically unique lake is the southernmost body of water in the Hudson Bay watershed of North America. In pre-history, the ...
Lake Shetek
(Minnesota, USA)
32 Lake Shetek Pictures Lake Shetek Message Forums 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 Ojibway language; indeed, lakes named for some variation of the word are found across the migratory flyway of these majestic birds. One of a group of ...
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