Most Popular Lakes in the Brainerd to Walker areas
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Gull Lake Chain of Lakes:
Gull Lake is located in Cass County and Crow Wing County in Minnesota. It is one of the largest lakes in the Brainerd Minnesota area and also one of the most popular. Of the seven Gull Lakes in Minnesota, this Gull Lake is the largest in area and shoreline. Gull Lake is the result of the Gull Lake Dam about a half mile down Gull River from the lake's outlet. The dam began service in 1912 and has maintained the lakes water levels at a fairly constant level. At 9,947 acres, Gull Lake is the largest lake with in the immediate Brainerd area. The Gull Lake's maximum depth is 80 feet and is 15 miles long and 2 miles wide, with a median depth of 30 feet. Anglers are attracted to the stocked walleye population in Gull Lake. Since 2003, at least 2,825,000 Walleye fry were stocked into Gull Lake by the Minnesota DNR. The Gull Chain of Lakes, for which Gull Lake is the namesake and largest member, is a collection of eight connected lakes and two bays: Gull Lake, Upper Gull Lake, Nisswa Lake, Roy Lake, Margaret Lake, Spider Lake, Thor Lake, Love Lake, Round Lake, Bass Lake, Steamboat Bay and Wilson's Bay. The chain collective covers 13,000 acres and its shores host over 2,500 homes. The chain spans across Cass County, MN and Crow Wing County, MN. Cities near Gull Lake are Brainerd, Baxter, East Gull Lake, Nisswa and Lake Shore. There are many resorts and restaurants on Gull Lake, including Cragun's, Madden's and Grand View Lodge.
Round and North Long Lakes:
Round Lake is about 8 miles north of Brainerd/Baxter just east of Highway 371. Round Lake is 1650 acres in size with a maximum depth of 51 feet. Round Lake connects to Gull Lake via a channel on the west side of the lake. Its shorelines are mostly sandy and Round Lake is known as a very good fishing lake.
North Long Lake is about 8 miles north of Brainerd just east of Highway 371 and lies south of Round Lake. North Long Lake is a large lake at 6144 acres with a maximum depth of 97 feet. North Long Lake also borders the city of Merrifield on its eastern side. Its shorelines are mostly sandy and shallow.
Edward Lake Area:
Edward Lake is a 2,032 acre lake located just north of Merrifield off of County Road 3. A public access is located on the west side of the lake. The lake is well developed, with cabins and resorts along 9.4 miles of shoreline. The lake's maximum depth is 75' and about 59% of the lake is 15' deep or less. Edward Lake is known for its very sandy shorelines around the majority of the lake.
Pelican Lake lies between Brainerd and Crosslake east of County Road 4 and west of County Road 3. Pelican Lake is a large lake at 8367 acres with a maximum depth of 104 feet. Pelican Lake borders the city of Breezy Point on its northwest side. It has very good water clarity with some very nice sandy shorelines. Pelican Lake is a popular boating and fishing lake.
Whitefish Chain of Lakes:
The Whitefish Chain of Lakes is located in Crow Wing County in Minnesota with 14 interconnected lakes including Arrowhead Lake, Bertha Lake, Big Trout Lake, Clamshell Lake, Cross Lake, Daggett Lake, Hen Lake , Island Lake, Loon Lake, Lower Hay Lake, Lower Whitefish Lake, Little Pine, Rush Lake and Upper Whitefish Lake. The construction of the dam at Crosslake in 1886 raised the water level, making channels between Cross Lake, Upper and Lower Whitefish Lakes, and 13 other lakes, which now comprises the Whitefish Chain of Lakes. Today, the dam maintains the water level at a fairly constant level. This 13,660 acre body of water, has 119 miles of shoreline with a maximum depth is 138 feet and provides dozens of interesting bays for recreational boating, fishing , snowmobiling and sightseeing. Excellent fishing can be found throughout the Whitefish Chain of lakes. There are many resorts and restaurants on the Whitefish Chain as well as places to refuel your boat. There are approximately 25 golf courses within a 30 mile radius of the Whitefish Chain. Cities near the Whitefish chain of lakes include Crosslake, Manhattan Beach, Pequot Lakes, Breezy Point and Pine River.
Cross Lake Area:
Cross Lake is a 1,751 acre lake and part of the 14,000 acre Whitefish chain of lakes. Cross Lake has a maximum depth of 84' and 19.7 miles of shoreline. Cross Lakes primary access is off of County Road 3 and County Road 66. The city of Crosslake also adjoins the lake on its northeast shore. The city of Crosslake is a very popular summer tourist destination.
Woman Lake Chain Area:
The Woman Lake Chain of lakes is made up of Child, Little Woman, Woman, and Girl Lake. There are also many popular smaller lakes surrounding it. Woman Lake is bordered by the city of Longville on its eastern side. The city of Hackensack is nearby west of the Woman Lake Chain. Major highways around Woman Lake are County Road 5 and Highway 84. Woman Lake itself is 5520 acres in size with a maximum depth of 54 feet.
Leech Lake is bordered by the larger cities of Walker on its southwest side and Federal Dam on its northeast side. Major highways surrounding Leach Lake are Highway 371 and 200. Leech Lake is one of the largest lakes in Minnesota with 111,000 acres, 640 miles of shoreline and a maximum depth of 150 feet. It is a very scenic lake with many bays and inlets surrounded by natural forests.
Serpent Lake Area:
Serpent Lake is a 1,103 acre lake with a maximum depth is 65 feet and located off of highway 210 between the towns of Crosby and Deerwood. There are two public accesses, one on the east shore and one on the northwest. The lake is heavily developed with over 250 homes along 9 miles of shoreline. Serpent Lake is well known for the annual power boat races.
Bay Lake is a good sized 2,392 acre lake with a maximum depth is 74 feet. Bay Lake is located about 4 miles south of Deerwood off of County Road 6. Bay Lake has 20 miles of shoreline with many bays and inlets including 3 islands. The lake is very popular and supports a wide variety of water sports in addition to good fishing.
Cedar Lake and Farm Island Lake Areas:
Cedar Lake is located east of Deerwood and is about 3 miles west of Aitkin off of Highway 210. It is 1745 acres in size with a maximum depth of 105 feet. Cedar Lake is a complex lake and has many bays and inlets with 26 miles of shoreline. Cedar Lake is very popular and known for good fishing.
Farm Island Lake is a large, hard water lake with good clarity and is located 7 miles south of Aitkin off of Highway 169. It is 2,054 acres with a maximum depth of 56 feet. There are several islands on the lake, which also has a complex bottom structure. Farm Island Lake is also very popular and known for good fishing.
Lower and Upper South Long Lake Area:
Lower South Long Lake is a 1,313 acre lake located about 7 miles southeast of Brainerd off of Highway 25. The maximum depth is 47' and about 35% of the lake is 15' deep or less. Upper South Long Lake is an 802 acre lake with a maximum depth is 47'. It lies just northeast of Lower South Long Lake and has many of the same characteristics. The lakes are well developed with many homes and cabins and popular for being near the southern cities of Little Falls and St. Cloud.
Mille Lacs Lake:
Mille Lacs Lake, Minnesota's second-largest lake, 132,000 acres in size or slightly more than 200 square miles. Maximum depths barely exceed 40 feet. Mille Lacs is located 30 minutes east of Brainerd from Highway 18 and 90 miles north of Minneapolis from Highway 169. Major towns around the lake are Garrison, Wahkon and Isle. Mille Lacs Lake is widely known for its great Walleye fishing.
Larger Lakes in the North Central Minnesota Area ....