Ann Lake, Minnesota, USA

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In a land with thousands of lakes, a spot like Ann Lake might be overlooked. But this lake in Minnesota’s Central Region might well be the perfect spot for you! Located about five miles west of the town of Mora, Ann Lake has been drawing outdoor enthusiasts for many years. The sparsely-developed lake is a well-known fishing hotspot with 1,700 acres of State Wildlife Management Area encompassing much of the south shore and a portion of the northeast lakefront. Here is a place to truly get away from the summer crowds and city traffic.

The 653-acre lake is home to black crappie, northern pike, walleye, perch, bluegill and largemouth bass. Minnesota Division of Fish and Wildlife stocks walleye fingerlings each year, but the big sport fish appear to breed naturally in Ann Lake. Two public boat launches provide access, and a resort along the shore rents fishing boats. In winter, ice fishing takes center stage and ice shanties appear, seemingly overnight. While large area lakes like Mille Lacs appears to get most of the attention, smaller lakes like Ann Lake give up the same fish and face a lot smaller crowd.

Ann Lake’s sandy bottom makes the shallows ideal for swimming. Residents and visitors enjoy all types of watersports such as water skiing, tubing, pontooning, power boating and sailing. Canoeing and kayaking are particularly popular among the several coves and adjoining wetlands. Ann Lake is an idea spot to view wildlife; the Wildlife Management Area shelters both wetland and forest wildlife such as deer, bear, pheasant, rabbits, squirrels, raccoon, turkeys, ducks, waterfowl, songbirds and native raptors. The Wildlife Management Area is open for hunting in season and nature stalkers with cameras year round. The country roads provide smooth surfaces for cycling – a delightful afternoon pastime particularly in the autumn when the leave begin to turn.

Even the most dedicated lake lubbers feel the need to leave the lakefront once in awhile. Just a few miles to the west of Ann Lake, the Rum River State Forest offers primitive camping, hiking paths and plenty of trails for snowmobiling. Local snowmobiling clubs have maps of groomed trails and sponsor group rides and events. The Rum River Canoe Route flows through the State Forest from its origination in Mille Lacs Lake. A Native American-owned casino is located just a few miles north of Ann Lake and provides a nice change of pace from fishing, swimming and boating. The small towns around the lake can provide bait, snacks, ice and minimal groceries. The larger towns often have festivals planned several times a year that are great fun and sometimes quite unusual. One of the most amusing is held at Aitkin, 60 miles to the north. This famous early winter festival, dubbed the World Famous Fish House Parade is, according to parade organizers, an outgrowth of a “keen sense of humor sharpened by dry Scandinavian wit and hardened by long Minnesota winters.” The day after Thanksgiving, the wildly-decorated fishing shanties are loaded onto trucks, hay wagons and other conveyances and paraded through town accompanied by costumed ‘fishermen’. The parade leads off a festive weekend featuring live music, food, contests and craft sales.

The Ann Lake area has a long history, with Native American tribes inhabiting the lakes region well before French-Canadian trappers and fur traders arrived for the Hudson Bay Company. The American Fur Company took over the trade and eventually was replaced by lumbering interests. This period of fast growth created towns, camps and legends. Every small town has a few legends to tell of a trapper, lumberjack or river drover who has become larger than life over the years. Local historical societies have collections of pictures, newspaper clippings and hand-written accounts of Minnesota as the frontier of European civilization. Most towns are smaller than they were a hundred years ago during the lumber booms. And some, like nearby Mora, have evolved into a modern small city.

Five miles east of Ann Lake, Mora was named after the Swedish city of Mora – original home of many of the early settlers. In honor of their heritage, Mora commissioned a large Dala Horse. The Swedish folk-art horse, painted the traditional red, is 22-feet tall, 17-feet long and 6-feet wide and holds a place of honor in a city park. The Mora Aquatic Center contains two pools and water features that will amuse youngsters on an afternoon. The Kanabec (County) History Center holds restored school buildings, a farm equipment exhibit and exhibits of an Ojibwe Winter Encampment, Logging Camp, a 1930s kitchen and Lost Towns of Kanabec County – those that have disappeared. The History Center also produces a winter speaker’s series, photography workshops and more. Mora offers all services, boutique shops, restaurants and movie theaters.

Vacation rentals near Ann Lake are often available. Most are private residences, usually on the lakefront. A few resorts exist in the area – many are fishing oriented. Real estate agents are available to help you find the perfect piece of lakefront property. So, plan the drive 75 miles north of the Twin Cities to Ann Lake. Take a week to relax and unwind. There’s a prize catch with your name on it!

Things to do at Ann Lake

  • Vacation Rentals
  • Fishing
  • Ice Fishing
  • Boating
  • Sailing
  • Swimming
  • Canoeing
  • Kayaking
  • Water Skiing
  • Tubing
  • Camping
  • Hiking
  • Biking
  • Snowmobiling
  • Horseback Riding
  • Hunting
  • Wildlife Viewing
  • Birding
  • State Forest
  • City Park
  • Movie Theater
  • Casino Gambling

Fish species found at Ann Lake

  • Bass
  • Black Bass
  • Black Crappie
  • Bluegill
  • Crappie
  • Largemouth Bass
  • Northern Pike
  • Perch
  • Pike
  • Sunfish
  • Walleye

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Ann Lake Statistics & Helpful Links

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Lake Type: Not Known

Water Level Control: Division of Fish and Wildlife

Surface Area: 653 acres

Shoreline Length: 8 miles

Normal Elevation (Full Pond): 1,042 feet

Maximum Depth: 17 feet

Trophic State: Eutrophic

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Trophic State | LakeLubbers

Trophic State measures the level of algae and nutrients in a lake.

An oligotrophic lake is very clear (blue in color) and does not support much plant or fish life. A hyper-oligotrophic lake is the clearest of all lakes, and is nearly devoid of plants and fish.

A mesotrophic lake is slightly green and supports a moderate degree of plant and fish life. A lake's most desired trophic state is generally this mid-point - the mesotrophic state.

A eutrophic lake is somewhat murky and supports a large amount of plant and fish life. A hypereutrophic lake is clouded with algae, plant life, and fish life. A eutrophic or hyper-eutrophic lake can be difficult to navigate by boat - and is often an unpleasant place to swim.

The use of phosphorus-rich and nitrogen-rich fertilizer on lawns and golf courses surrounding a lake can cause it to become eutrophic or hypereutrophic.


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This is the surrounding area that drains into a lake, including land, rivers and their tributaries. This is also known as the lake's "catchment basin".

Small lakes at the highest peaks of mountains have small drainage areas. The world's oceans have the largest drainage areas.


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This is the estimated time that it takes for an amount of water equal to the entire volume of a lake to flow out of - or evaporate from - the lake.

Residence Time can be as short as a few days for fast-flowing small lakes, and can exceed 100 years for slow-flowing large lakes.


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Completion Year | LakeLubbers

This is the year that a reservoir was first filled to the reservoir's normal elevation - or the year that a natural lake was first dammed. A large reservoir can take more than a year to fill after its dam is first closed.

The Grand Anicut in southern India is generally considered the world's oldest dam that still operates. Grand Anicut was constructed in the second century BC. It now impounds an irrigation network that includes roughly one million acres.

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Water Volume | LakeLubbers

This is the estimated volume of water that a lake contains -- measured at the lake's normal elevation. By this measure, the world's largest freshwater lake is Siberia's Lake Baikal.

You can find many of the the world's largest lakes (by water volume) on LakeLubbers.

Water Volume can be measured in acre-feet, in cubic miles, or in cubic kilometers. One acre-foot is the amount of water needed to cover one acre (43,560 square feet) to a depth of one foot. One cubic mile equals 3,379,200 acre-feet. One cubic kilometer equals 810,713 acre-feet.

1 acre-foot is equal to 325,851 US gallons. Siberia's Lake Baikal contains about 6,276,367,740,000,000 gallons of freshwater - nearly 1 million gallons for every living person on earth.

The other - and more widely used - measure of a lake's size is the lake's surface acreage. By that measure, the world's largest freshwater lake is North America's Lake Superior.


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This is the estimated greatest depth of the water in a lake -- measured at the lake's normal elevation. The world's deepest lake is Siberia's Lake Baikal; that lake's maximum depth is estimated at 5,314 feet.

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Average Depth | LakeLubbers

This is the estimated average depth of the water in a lake -- measured at the lake's normal elevation. If the water volume and surface area of a lake are known, an estimate of the lake's average depth can be calculated:

Water volume ÷ Surface Area = Average Depth

Example: 1,000,000 acre-feet ÷ 20,000 acres = 50 feet average depth


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Maximum Elevation | LakeLubbers

This is a lake's highest water level, measured by the lake's surface distance above sea level, that can occur during flooding. A lake's highest possible maximum elevation is usually the top of the lake's dam or spillway.

At lakes that include residential development, government regulations usually forbid the construction of homes below a lake's maximum elevation.


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Minimum Elevation | LakeLubbers

This is a lake's lowest water level, measured by the lake's surface distance above sea level, that can be reasonably expected to occur. Low lake levels can occur due to deliberate seasonal draw downs for irrigation or impending snow melt, reduced water inflows, drought and evaporation, residential or commercial water demands, and hydropower generation.

Some lakes' minimum and maximum elevations are virtually the same. Lakes that generate hydropower may vary by several feet - according to power demand. Lakes whose primary purpose is to prevent flooding can seasonally vary by 100 feet or more.

When some lakes reach their minimum elevation, their boat ramps may not be long enough to permit boat access - and boats docked on shallow parts of the lake may end up on dry ground. In those cases, kayakers and shore-based anglers may be among the few happy recreational users of the lake.


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This is a lake's normal water level, measured by the lake's surface distance above sea level. For a reservoir, this water level is also known as "full pond" or "full pool".

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Shoreline Length | LakeLubbers

This is the length of the exterior shoreline around a lake - measured at the lake's normal elevation. The shoreline length can be considerably shorter or longer when lake water levels are lower or higher than normal.

A lake with many coves has a much longer shoreline than a lake of similar surface area that is nearly circular in shape.

When known, the shoreline miles that we report in our statistics include only the lake's exterior shoreline, and exclude the shorelines of islands located within a lake's boundaries. In lakes with many islands, those islands' combined shorelines may exceed a lake's exterior shoreline.

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Surface Area | LakeLubbers

This is the area (acreage, square kilometers, etc.) of the top surface area of a lake - measured at a lake's normal elevation. The surface area can be considerably smaller or larger when lake levels are lower or higher than normal. North America's Lake Superior is the world's largest freshwater lake by this measure.

The other measure of a lake's size is the lake's water volume. By that measure, the world's largest freshwater lake is Lake Baikal in Siberia.

You can find many of the world's largest lakes (acres) on Lakelubbers. There is no widely-accepted minimum surface area that defines a lake. What Lakelubbers describes as a lake, you might call a pond. The smallest lake that Lakelubbers currently includes is Hawaii's 2-acre Lake Waiau.


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Water Level Control | LakeLubbers

This is the organization that controls water releases or outflows from the lake or reservoir. In the USA, this is often the US Army Corps of Engineers, a power company, a municipal water system, an irrigation district, or a paper manufacturing company. In the case of private or gated lakes, a homeowners' association may be the lake's controlling authority.

Many lakes cross borders, including North America's Great Lakes. The control of such lakes and their coveted freshwater may be amicably shared - or hotly disputed.

"Water wars" continue at many lakes as growing populations and crop irrigation needs compete for the freshwater that lakes contain.


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Lake Type | LakeLubbers

There are 3 basic types of lakes that are currently included on LakeLubbers. 2 types may be dammed or not dammed, producing 5 classifications.

- A Reservoir is a man-made freshwater lake that is usually created by damming rivers.

- A Natural Freshwater Lake occurs naturally - often by glacial activity - and has a salinity of less than 30 parts per thousand. It may be dammed to produce electricity or for other reasons.

- A Natural Saltwater Lake occurs naturally and has a salinity of more than 30 parts per thousand (ppt). It may be dammed.

"Brackish" water may be categorized as freshwater or saltwater, depending on its salt content (salinity). Oligohaline water has less than 15 ppt of salt. Mesohaline water has 15-29 ppt. Polyhaline has 30-335 ppt.


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