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Here are the 49 lakes we have listed within USA > Midwest > Minnesota - compared by Largest Lakes - Water Volume.

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Lake Name Volume in acre-feet Lake Description
Lake Superior
(Ontario, Canada / Great Lakes / Michigan, USA / Minnesota, USA / Wisconsin, USA)
9,799,680,000 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)
15,700,000 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 ...
Mille Lacs Lake
(Minnesota, USA)
2,782,736 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)
2,129,000 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 ...
Cass Lake
(Minnesota, USA)
1,399,425 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 ...
Kabetogama Lake
(Minnesota, USA)
643,453 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. ...
Leech Lake
(Minnesota, USA)
621,640 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 ...
Otter Tail Lake
(Minnesota, USA)
506,000 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, ...
Lake Pepin
(Minnesota, USA / Wisconsin, USA)
450,000 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 ...
Lake Minnetonka
(Minnesota, USA)
400,000 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. ...
Lake Winnibigoshish
(Minnesota, USA)
220,000 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 ...
Deer Lake
(Minnesota, USA)
168,811 Deer Lake Pictures Deer Lake Message Forums 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 Itasca County, this Deer Lake is not to be confused with a smaller Deer Lake located in northern Itasca County. Part of Minnesota's Northeast tourism ...
Lake Traverse
(Minnesota, USA / South Dakota, USA)
164,500 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 ...
Bowstring Lake
(Minnesota, USA)
142,905 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 ...
Big Sandy Lake
(Minnesota, USA)
134,018 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 ...
Kabekona Lake
(Minnesota, USA)
115,970 Kabekona Lake Pictures Kabekona Lake Message Forums 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 they wanted to live in a secluded place on the water. Peaceful Kabekona Lake in northwest Minnesota was the perfect fit. Its beautiful tree-lined ...
Lake Osakis
(Minnesota, USA)
108,389 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 ...
Whitefish Chain of Lakes
(Minnesota, USA)
101,340 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)
98,880 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. ...
North Long Lake
(Minnesota, USA)
96,098 North Long Lake Pictures North Long Lake Message Forums 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 Region of Minnesota and is heavily developed with real estate and vacation rentals along its shores as well as some resorts and campgrounds. Recreational ...
Crane Lake
(Minnesota, USA)
92,640 Crane Lake Message Forums Tucked into the vast and remote wilderness of northeastern Minnesota, Crane Lake is a picture of beauty seemingly taken before the rise of civilization. The lake's surface stretches across 3,088 acres, its shoreline presenting adventurous sites as it curls around evergreen trees, smoothes over chunks ...
Pelican Lake-Otter Tail County
(Minnesota, USA)
90,109 Pelican Lake-Otter Tail County Message Forums 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 connected to Little Pelican Lake and Lake Lizzie by the Pelican River. The Pelican River can be navigated by boat upstream to Little Pelican Lake, but ...
Lake Lida
(Minnesota, USA)
89,024 Lake Lida Pictures Lake Lida Message Forums 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 maximum depth of 58 feet and an average depth of 16 feet, the lake is a popular playground for water activities in Otter Tail County. The lake is connected ...
Pokegama Lake
(Minnesota, USA)
80,126 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 ...
Wabana Lake
(Minnesota, USA)
58,018 Wabana Lake Message Forums 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. They share the early morning with anglers searching for the walleye that make their home in this Minnesota lake. Connected to the Wabana Chain of ...
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