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Here are the 115 lakes we have listed within USA > Midwest > Minnesota - compared by Largest Lakes - Acres.

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Lake Name Area in acres Lake Description
Lake Superior
(Ontario, Canada / Great Lakes / Michigan, USA / Minnesota, USA / Wisconsin, USA)
20,288,000 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 ...
Lake of the Woods
(Manitoba, Canada / Ontario, Canada / Minnesota, USA)
950,400 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 ...
Rainy Lake
(Ontario, Canada / Minnesota, USA)
221,000 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 ...
Mille Lacs Lake
(Minnesota, USA)
132,516 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 ...
Upper Red Lake
(Minnesota, USA)
119,271 Upper Red Lake Message Forums 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 time. Set on the edge of the Big Bog, Upper Red Lake is located near the town of Waskish. Upper Red Lake is the largest freshwater lake in Minnesota when ...
Leech Lake
(Minnesota, USA)
102,948 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 ...
Lake Winnibigoshish
(Minnesota, USA)
58,544 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 ...
Lake Vermilion
(Minnesota, USA)
40,557 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)
25,760 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 Pepin
(Minnesota, USA / Wisconsin, USA)
25,600 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 ...
Namakan Lake
(Ontario, Canada / Minnesota, USA)
24,066 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 ...
Cass Lake
(Minnesota, USA)
15,956 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 many ways visitors can enjoy the lake and surrounding area. The lake is a popular destination for recreational fishing, boating, and swimming. There ...
Lake Minnetonka
(Minnesota, USA)
14,043 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. ...
Saganaga Lake
(Ontario, Canada / Minnesota, USA)
13,832 Saganaga Lake Pictures Saganaga Lake Message Forums 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 Wilderness (BWCAW), Saganaga Lake is also an outdoor playground. Camping, fishing, hiking, canoeing and many other recreational activities await all ...
Otter Tail Lake
(Minnesota, USA)
13,725 Otter Tail Lake Message Forums 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 region of Minnesota. Otter Tail Lake is part of the Otter Tail River Chain of Lakes which also includes Rush, Big Pine, Little Pine, Deer, East Lost, ...
Whitefish Chain of Lakes
(Minnesota, USA)
13,660 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 ...
Big Stone Lake
(Minnesota, USA / South Dakota, USA)
12,360 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. ...
Lake Traverse
(Minnesota, USA / South Dakota, USA)
11,200 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 ...
Pelican Lake-St. Louis County
(Minnesota, USA)
10,945 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, ...
Bowstring Lake
(Minnesota, USA)
9,528 Bowstring Lake Message Forums Be it fishing, wakeboarding, canoeing or just simply wildlife watching, Bowstring Lake fulfills its visitors every vacation need. Set in Itasca County and Minnesota's northeast tourism region, this 9,500-acre body of water fits perfectly for family gatherings or for solitary weekend aways. Located roughly ...
Gull Lake
(Minnesota, USA)
9,418 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 ...
Pelican Lake-Crow Wing County
(Minnesota, USA)
8,253 Pelican Lake-Crow Wing County Pictures Pelican Lake-Crow Wing County Message Forums 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 water recreation have been attracting lakelubbers to the area for at least 100 years. Pelican lake, in Crow Wing County, was one of the first to offer ...
Lake Onalaska
(Minnesota, USA / Wisconsin, USA)
7,688 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. When Thomas G. Rowe stood on a Wisconsin bluff overlooking the Mississippi River into Minnesota in 1851, a line from Thomas Campbell's 1799 poem ...
Battle Lake
(Minnesota, USA)
7,588 Battle Lake Message Forums 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 enough water for boating, water skiing, canoeing and kayaking, the lakes are a popular recreation destination. Winter brings frozen waters and snow ...
Whitefish Lake
(Minnesota, USA)
7,370 Whitefish Lake Pictures Whitefish Lake Message Forums 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 Minnesota, Whitefish Lake is part of the Whitefish Chain of Lakes which includes Upper Whitefish Lake, Lower Whitefish Lake, Big Trout Lake, Clamshell ...
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