Cedar Lake, Minnesota, USA

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Visitors never tire of exploring Cedar Lake, Minnesota with its many twists, turns, bays, and coves. Cedar Lake is a spring- and small stream-fed lake with a 1,745-acre surface area, located in Aitkin County and a small portion of the adjacent Crow Wing County. This area of Minnesota is rich in lake and wetland habitat, making it simple to set out across this lesser-known lake to find a bit of peace and tranquility.

Set in Minnesota’s central tourism region, Cedar Lake is set between the two small towns of Aitkin and Deerwood. The body of water is comprised of seven basins, varying greatly in size, depth and water clarity. The maximum depth within Cedar Lake is 105 feet, though it averages 28 feet. The 26-mile shoreline at Cedar Lake is mostly undeveloped, allowing newcomers their prime choice in real estate opportunities. Pick out a piece of peninsula or simply stay in one of the many lakeside vacation rentals to get a feel for the area. Park your boat along the dock and watch the sun set through the windows of your cabin, the smell of the day’s fresh catch sizzling on the stovetop.

Anglers attempting to fish Cedar Lake will be happily surprised at the water’s bounty, which is chock full of varying fish species which are increasing in number nearly every year. Walleye and muskellunge are stocked annually, with average lengths reaching 19 inches and 40 inches, respectively. Northern pike, largemouth bass and black crappie are also in good numbers within the lake.

But fishing isn’t the only popular water activity on Cedar Lake. Warm days find boats entering the numerous public boat launches around the lake, later seen racing across the water. Daredevil wakeboarders and waterskiers attempt new tricks behind these watercrafts, zipping by slower-moving boats full of those looking to simply enjoy a day out on the lake. For an even slower, quieter excursion, rent a kayak or canoe and paddle into the lake’s many coves, where you may spot a loon’s nest or turtles sunning themselves on a fallen log. To complete the lake’s year round appeal, the area offers a variety of winter sports and activities to keep the blood flowing during Minnesota’s colder months. Anglers are able to get in some ice fishing while other outdoor enthusiasts have snowshoeing and cross country skiing trails in the area. Snowmobiling is another popular activity.

To the east of Cedar Lake rests a former mining operation-turned-recreation area, where clear lakes and dense forests house a variety of wildlife. The Cuyuna Country Recreation Area has 5,000 acres of mostly undeveloped forest, allowing visitors the ability to camp beneath the open skies or spend a day hiking underneath the sun-dappled canopies. Those seeking to snag a view of local wildlife must tread quietly to see a few shy species, including the red fox, coyote, mink, beaver, snowshoe hare and white-tailed deer. Birders come for the plethora of avian species, which range from water birds such as the blue heron, northern shoveler and king fishers to the red-tailed hawk and ruffed grouse.

For a bit of social life, check into the city of Aitkin to the east of Cedar Lake, or the city of Deerwood to the west. Both are quiet and quaint, though each offers a chance to mingle with locals and the opportunity to peek your head into a few shops and restaurants. Cedar Lake has most everything other larger lakes have to offer, but still with the novelty of a lake that has been newly discovered. Come discover it yourself today.

Things to do at Cedar Lake MN

  • Vacation Rentals
  • Fishing
  • Ice Fishing
  • Boating
  • Canoeing
  • Kayaking
  • Water Skiing
  • Wakeboarding
  • Camping
  • Cabin Rentals
  • Hiking
  • Cross-Country Skiing
  • Snowmobiling
  • Wildlife Viewing
  • Birding

Fish species found at Cedar Lake MN

  • Bass
  • Black Bass
  • Black Crappie
  • Crappie
  • Largemouth Bass
  • Muskellunge
  • Northern Pike
  • Perch
  • Pike
  • Walleye

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    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.

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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.

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    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 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:

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    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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    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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    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.

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    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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    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.

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    - 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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