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. Gull Lake Chain Fishing includes Walleye, Northern Pike and Bluegill. Crappie, Largemouth and Rock Bass also caught. The Gull Chain of Lakes, which Gull Lake is the 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 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. Public Boat Access Locations include: East shore off Co. Rd. 115, another on the North end of Boomingout Bay near Upper Gull Lake, another off Co. Rd. 70 near the dam, another on Northwest side of lake off Co. Rd. 77.
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 is part of the Gull Lake Chain and connects to Gull Lake via a channel called Bishops Creek on the west side of the lake, thereby you can boat over to Gull Lake, Upper Gull Lake, Nisswa Lake, Roy Lake, Margaret Lake, Spider Lake, Thor Lake, Love Lake, Bass Lake, Steamboat Bay and Wilson's Bay and enjoy fishing or visiting some of the fine resorts and restaurants. Round Lake’s shorelines are mostly very sandy and 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. North Long Lake is very long as its name implies with shorelines which are mostly very 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. One of the larger lakes in the Brainerd area with over 25.3 miles of shoreline, Pelican Lake is a popular boating and fishing lake, with strong fishing specializing in Walleye, Northern Pike, Crappie, and Largemouth Bass. Many boat access points are located around lake including: One on Northwest shore off Co. Hwy’s 4 & 11, another on Southwest shore off Co. Hwy. 4, another on South end off Co. Hwy. 118.
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 Cross Lake on its northeast shore. The city of Crosslake and other surrounding communities are a very popular summer tourist destination. Other popular communities near Crosslake include Emily, Fifty Lakes, Manhattan Beach and Outing. The area is very scenic, heavily wooded, and well noted as a vacation and second home destination with lake activities such as boating and fishing being a dominate draw.
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. The Woman Lake Chain is bordered by the city of Longville on its eastern side and the city of Hackensack on the west side. 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. Woman Lake is part of a chain of lakes along the Boy River. The Boy River enters the west side of Woman Lake from Child Lake and exits on the east side into Girl Lake and then continues north to Leech Lake. Woman Lake includes a central basin and several large bays. Broadwater Bay at the north end of the lake is the largest bay with an area of about 1,000 acres.
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. The deepest area of the lake is Walker Bay, which reaches 150 feet deep. Approximately 80% of the lake is less than 35 feet deep. Leech Lake has numerous inlet rivers, streams, and tributaries. Major water inlets include Portage Creek, Sucker River, Whipholt Creek, Kabekona River, Steamboat River, Shingobee River, and Boy River. Leech Lake has one major water outlet, the Leech Lake River, which has a controlled dam regulating Leech Lake water levels. The Leech Lake River drains eastward into the Mississippi River. It is a very scenic lake with many bays and inlets surrounded by natural forests. Many resorts abound around the lake promoting its beauty and great fishing.
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 well developed with over 250 homes along 9 miles of shoreline. Serpent Lake is well known for fishing and the annual power boat races. Crosby is the home of a well-known medical center, the Cuyuna Regional Medical Center.
Bay Lake is a body of water located in the Brainerd Lakes region of Minnesota. The lake has a surface area of 2,319.84 acres and approximately 19 miles of shoreline. The maximum depth of the lake is 74 feet with water clarity of 24 feet. The Ojibway called the lake Ses-sa-beg-a-mah, which has been translated as "lake of many bays" or "lake of many arms." Bay Lake is located within Bay Lake Township, approximately 15 miles east of Brainerd, Minnesota and five miles northwest of Garrison, Minnesota. Like many other lakes in the area, Bay Lake is surrounded by commercial resorts and private cabins, and is a popular destination for fishing, boating, and water skiing. Access to the lake and resorts is via Minnesota State Highway 6 for the western shore and Crow Wing County Highway 10 for the eastern shore. There are three islands on the lake. The largest of these, the 72-acre Church Island, is used as a Lutheran church camp. Outdoor services, open to the public, are held on the island each Sunday during the summer. Bay Lake is part of the headwaters for the Ripple River, and the river is common spawning spot for fish.
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 including Walleye and Muskellunge.
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. The Ripple River (at one time called the Mud River) flows into the lake on the west side and out on the northeast. It flows through a number of lakes and empties into the Mississippi in Aitkin. There are 3 islands on the lake; the largest is Farm Island at 29 acres. It gets its name from the Ojibwa’s that had large farm fields on the island many years ago. 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. The lake has many species of fish including walleye, northern pike, muskie, jumbo perch, smallmouth bass, largemouth bass, black crappie, burbot, and tullibee. It is one of Minnesota's most popular fishing lakes. Ice fishing houses number in the thousands during the winter. It is a prime spawning grounds for walleye. Billions of walleye eggs and fry are produced there every year. In the absence of a thermocline, fish can travel the whole area of the lake.
Larger Lakes in the North Central Minnesota Area ....