Little Boy Lake, Minnesota, USA

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Paradise comes at very little cost while guests look upon Little Boy Lake’s shimmering waters in northern Minnesota. This 1,372-acre lake is moments away from the secluded pine forests of the Chippewa National Forest or the family-oriented, energetic city of Longville. Visitors flock to the area year round to enjoy mountain biking, hiking and tubing in warmer weather, and then come back to snowshoe and ice fish in the winter.

With a shoreline of 10 miles, lake enthusiasts have their pick of resorts or private lakeside vacation rentals. Bound down the steps leading to a dock where canoes and kayaks wait for your enjoyment. Paddle through the waters any time of the day to spot birds flying overhead or anglers dipping their lines into the water.

Little Boy Lake is known for being a clear lake, with an average depth of 24 feet and a maximum depth of 74 feet. Anglers visit the area for a shot at record muskie, along with walleye and northern pike, for which it is known best. Largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, black crappie and yellow perch also dart beneath the depths.

Anglers typically take up the lake in the early morning and evening, which leaves plenty of the day left for other recreation. Skimming over the water on waterskis or a wakeboard in the hot part of the day is just one perk for energy enthusiasts. Boats zigzag across the lake with laughing children on a tube, passing by families barbecuing and playing horseshoes along the shoreline.

Little Boy Lake rests in Cass County, Minnesota’s Northwest tourism region, and resides a mere two miles south of the city of Longville. The lake has two inlets and one outlet, and water passes through a channel from Wabego Lake to the south. The area where Little Boy Lake resides is chock full of small and large bodies of water.

The city of Longville boasts a variety of unique activities to keep locals and visitors coming back every year. During the summer, parents crouch down at the starting line with their kids for the annual turtle races, which have gone on for the past 38 years. Winter brings out more of the fun, competitive spirit with ice bocce and ice golfing atop the ice-packed lakes.

A few miles to the north of Little Boy Lake is the Chippewa National Forest, where those looking to escape the excitement of the city will find complete solitude. Over 1.5 million acres of land are devoted to maintaining lakes, wetlands, and pine forests for hikers, berry-pickers, anglers and wildlife watchers. Wild ferns and orchids adorn the forest floor as bald eagles and ospreys cast quick shadows during their flight above the treeline. Tuck yourself away in one of the hundreds of camping sites in the forest, and wake up to the sound of birds chirping as the sun rises each morning.

Back at Little Boy Lake, visitors sit out in the evening, listening as crickets chirp while the rest of the world fades into darkness. Ducks, geese and loons, which are mainstays at the lake, settle down for the night while bald eagles perch atop tree limbs and watch for any activity below. During the daytime, visitors can catch glimpses of the wildlife, along with a few black bears roaming about in the spring time.

Whether it means settling down and finding the perfect real estate opportunity, or vacationing in a lakeside cabin rental for a week in the summer, Little Boy Lake offers a little something for everyone. If you really want to experience the lake from a different perspective, you have the ability to take a plane ride over the area. For those who wish to keep closer to the water, rent a hydrobike and graze across the lake’s surface. With a lively town and a solitary forest nearby, there’s not much left to wish for when visiting Little Boy Lake.

Things to do at Little Boy Lake

  • Vacation Rentals
  • Fishing
  • Boating
  • Canoeing
  • Kayaking
  • Wakeboarding
  • Tubing
  • Golf
  • Camping
  • Cabin Rentals
  • Hiking
  • Biking
  • Wildlife Viewing
  • Birding
  • National Forest

Fish species found at Little Boy Lake

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

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    Little Boy Lake Statistics & Helpful Links

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    Lake Type: Natural Freshwater Lake, Not Dammed

    Surface Area: 1,372 acres

    Shoreline Length: 10 miles

    Normal Elevation (Full Pond): 1,310 feet

    Average Depth: 24 feet

    Maximum Depth: 74 feet

    Water Volume: 32,928 acre-feet

    Drainage Area: 41 sq. miles

    Trophic State: Mesotrophic

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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 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.

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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.

    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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    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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    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 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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    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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    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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