Maps of Minnesota Northwoods lakes
All the best Minnesota lakes are in the heart of the northwoods. View and explore this lake information to learn which lake is right for you.
Big Lake is 3,591 acres located in the Chippewa National Forest, 12 miles east of Bemidji, MN. The lake has 10’ 5” water clarity and holds many secrets. Big Lake has all types of bottom including good offshore humps, drop offs, weeds and cabbage. You can catch everything from muskie to bluegills on Big Lake. The quiet bay’s west of the island make for good fishing no matter what mother nature has in store!
Big Rice Lake covers 618 acres with a maximum depth of 13 feet. This calm lake supports a wide variety of fish including sunfish, crappie, bluegill, perch as well as walleye and northern pike. In 2011 Big Rice Lake was stocked with 675,000 walleye fry. It is part of the Turtle River chain of lakes and is surrounded with lush wild rice vegetation.
Lying west of the city of Blackduck, Blackduck Lake has 2,500 acres and has a maximum depth of 35 feet and provides good angling for walleye, northern pike and yellow perch. In recent years, walleye abundance has been the highest ever recorded, and the northern population has maintained its strength. Undeveloped shorelines and shallow areas provided excellent places for wildlife and fish to feed, hide and raise their young.
Cass Lake, just northeast of the City of Cass Lake is the largest of the eight lakes that make up the Cass Lake Chain of Lakes. The scenery is incredible on the 15,596 acre lake with its 26.9 miles of forested shoreline and sandy beaches. It is one of the Minnesota lakes that always ends up on someone's list of great fishing places. Cass offers fine populations of walleye, northern pike, and perch. It is also popular with muskie anglers. The yellow perch catch has been up considerably in recent years too, with perch reaching the 10 to 11 inch range.
Gull Lake is a natural spring-fed lake containing more than 2,300 acres, with an average depth of 20 feet and 11.5 miles of shoreline. There is a great deal of underwater structure including rock reefs and sunken islands, plus lily pads and many weed beds for great fishing. It is one of northern Minnesota's finest bluegill lakes, but also has significant populations of northern pike, walleye, largemouth bass, crappie and perch for your fish fry. Gull Lake is located approximately 16 miles northeast of Bemidji.
Located on the northeasternmost part of the Cass Lake Chain, Kitchi Lake and its 1,758 acres are easily accessible by boat from Cass Lake/ The Turtle River and Kitchi Creek flow through Kitchi with access to Big and Little Rice Lakes. Kitchi Lake has varied structure and holds northern pike, bluegills, black crappie, perch, muskie, walleye, and largemouth bass. One of the most remote lakes on the Cass Lake Chain, it is located entirely within the Chippewa National Forest.
Lake Andrusia covers 1,510 acres with 10 miles of wooded shoreline. Big Wolf and Cass Lake are acessible from Andrusia, and are known for fantastic walleye fishing year-round. Lake Andrusia is the place to be during the seasonal migration of walleye before they begin to spawn. Nice size northern pike are abundant, too, as well as trophy muskie, largemouth bass, perch and rock bass. The lake is set in the Chippewa National Forest, with the Mississippi inlet and outlet on the south end and flowage into Big Lake at the north end.
Moose Lake is located near Bemidji, Blackduck and Cass Lake. Its clear, spring-fed waters cover 632 acres extend 2.2 miles in length and reach a maximum depth of 72 feet. Its seven miles of shoreline are surrounded by the Chippewa National Forest, and it is known for a variety of fish including walleye, northern Pike, black crappie, bluegill, largemouth bass, yellow perch, rock bass and bullheads. The lake has good shoreline vegetation, some deeper holes and several good points with sandbars.
Pimushe Lake is moderately sized at 1,365 acres. Seven miles end to end, it reaches depths of 40 feet. Long and narrow, its shoreline is undeveloped and irregular, with many small bays and islands. Pimushe has a diverse fish community, and a reputation for producing mixed stringers of quality size fish. Species range from walleye, largemouth bass, northern pike and crappie, to bluegills still in the 8-inch plus size being common.
Often overlooked because of its small size, Three Island Lake is a true sleeper lake. The sixth lake on the Turtle River Chain, it is two miles long and just half a mile wide, meaning it can be fished even when wind keeps boats off larger lakes. It has an average depth of 6 feet, a maximum depth of 30 feet and water clarity readings of 12 to 14 feet. It boasts a strong walleye population, both in numbers and size. It also is an outstanding largemouth bass, northern pike and panfish lake.