Granite Lake, Minnesota, USA

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Granite Lake is an awesome natural treasure situated on the western edge of Minnesota’s Metro tourism region. Composed of 353 acres of surface area and a four-mile shoreline length, the freshwater lake and its surroundings provide a diverse range of recreational activities for both visitors and residents alike. Granite Lake is also a part of the North Fork Crow River Watershed – an area covering 949,087 acres.

With an average depth of 18 feet and a maximum depth of 34 feet, Granite Lake offers plenty of opportunity for both boating and water sports. Sailing, water skiing, and fishing are some of the most popular activities here at the largest lake in the Township of Albion.

Wildlife watchers delight in Granite Lake for its serene atmosphere and prolific wildlife. Eagles soar mightily overhead in flocks of six to ten, while owls hunt deep in the thick forests at night. The body of water inhabits large populations of beavers, as evidenced by its majestic and intricate natural dams. The most impressive beaver embankment is on the northeast corner of Granite Lake, an organic structure that controls drainage from Libby Lake. The animals have created a sort of holding pond into which sediment settles before coursing into Granite Lake.

Anglers love trawling Granite Lake, a fishing haven that has been stocked since 1919. Northern pike ranging from 17-34 inches are frequently reeled in, as well as largemouth bass ranging from 9-18 inches. Other game fish like black crappie, yellow perch and bluegill can additionally be found at Granite Lake – along with smaller species like bullhead, sunfish, and carp. Before consuming, fishing enthusiasts should keep in mind that the lake is on the EPA list for high levels of mercury.

Lake Maria State Park is easily considered one of the best day trips from Granite Lake. Known for its camping and phenomenal wildlife watching, the lake is home to nesting eagles and ospreys, as well as the threatened Blandings turtle (known for the brilliant yellow dots along its carapace). Trails stretching one to two miles in length wind through rare oak, basswood and maple forests. A stunning boardwalk twists about the preserve’s rich marshlands – a habitat for over 205 species of bird including egret, loon and goldfinch. Careful observation may also lead to mammal sightings: woodchuck, pocket gopher, muskrat, fox and white-tailed deer.

Just minutes from Granite Lake, the city of Albion is an historic place that was founded in 1856 by Canadians Thomas G. Holmes and B.E. Emery. Interestingly, Albion is the oldest known name for the island of England – the word Albion means “white cliffs.” Located just 45 minutes from the Twin Cities, the entire area is known as “the Heart of Lakes” due to 26 major bodies of water within a 10-mile radius – including Maxim Lake, Swartout, Ramsey, Maple and Albion Lakes.

Golfers can sample three courses within minutes of Granite Lake, while families might take a stroll through Wright County’s Robert Ney Memorial Park Reserve. Over 375 acres of swamps and woodlands comprise this nature center, along with the Wright County Parks Environmental Education Center. Facilities include picnic tables, access to Lake Mary, 3.5 miles of hiking trails and a memorial chapel. Just a few minutes north of the nearby town of Cokato, Wildlife County Park features canoe campsites, picnic areas and waterway access.

With such great natural beauty, it is no wonder that Granite Lake is a desirable place to live and spend vacations. Real estate properties and vacation rentals are readily available for visitors, or for those looking to make Granite Lake a permanent home. This charming lake is nothing short of magnetic, and guests flock here year-round for winter cross country skiing, fragrant spring wildflowers, fresh summer sunshine and breathtaking autumn leaves.

Things to do at Granite Lake

  • Vacation Rentals
  • Fishing
  • Boating
  • Sailing
  • Canoeing
  • Water Skiing
  • Golf
  • Camping
  • Picnicking
  • Hiking
  • Cross-Country Skiing
  • Hunting
  • Wildlife Viewing
  • Birding
  • State Park

Fish species found at Granite Lake

  • Bass
  • Black Bass
  • Black Crappie
  • Bluegill
  • Carp
  • Crappie
  • Largemouth Bass
  • Northern Pike
  • Perch
  • Pike
  • Sunfish
  • Yellow Perch

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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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    Catchment or Drainage Area | LakeLubbers

    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".

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    Lake-Area Population | LakeLubbers

    This is the estimated number of people who live in a house with a view of a lake, plus those who self-describe the lake as their home, for example: "I live at Smith Mountain Lake."


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    Water Residence Time | LakeLubbers

    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.

    You can find many of the the world's newest reservoirs on LakeLubbers. Many of the world's oldest reservoirs appear on the last page of that list.


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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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    Maximum Depth | LakeLubbers

    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.

    You can find many of the the world's deepest lakes on LakeLubbers. If you select the last page of that list, you will find the (maximum depth of) the shallowest lakes in our database.


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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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    Normal Elevation | LakeLubbers

    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.

    You can find many of the world's longest-shoreline lakes on Lakelubbers.


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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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