Moose Lake, Minnesota, USA

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The passage of time often brings change and development to certain areas, but northern Minnesota’s Moose Lake rests quietly in its remote setting. With Chippewa National Forest directly to the north and larger lakes to the south, this body of water welcomes anyone wishing to escape the pressures of city life. Visitors easily settle into the country life every season, from casting out their fishing lines during the fall to canoeing through the clear waters in the spring, but both can easily tap back into the social atmosphere with the city of Grand Rapids just to the south.

Moose Lake is set in Itasca County, located in Minnesota’s northeastern tourism region. Lake visitors find the 1,273-acre body of water a serene place for any outdoor activity, including fishing its average 30-foot depths. Finding something to do at this lake is no hardship- open your eyes and mind to several engaging opportunities.

Anglers come back year after year for Moose Lake’s reputation for snagging 30- to 40-pound muskies, as the plentiful number of forages keep the fish fat and happy. Northern pike, yellow perch, largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, and black crappie swim depths reaching up to 61 feet. A hefty 10-pound, 30-inch walleye was recently caught in the lake, and jumbo perch skim along just below the surface.

Those who wish to scour the shoreline during a restful canoe trip have 6.7 miles to search. Keep your binoculars handy when moving throughout the water, as deer and bears have been known to peek out in curiosity from the shelter of the trees along the shoreline. Wild and aquatic birds, such as mallards, bobolinks, black birds, and wood ducks, have been known to nest nearby to munch on the area’s prized wild rice.

The area in and around Moose Lake is well-known for its growth of wild rice, which is grown and harvested along lakes and riverbeds. Once a staple for the Sioux and Chippewa Indians, the wild rice that grows around Minnesota’s lakes and rivers produces the majority of the wild rice in the United States and Canada. Locals celebrate the dark, nutty grain with a large festival in July as locals and visitors partake in parades, wild rice recipes and local musicians each year.

Well-placed lakeside resorts and cabins speckle the shoreline at Moose Lake, making for a simple and homey vacation away from the towering skyscrapers in the city. Those hoping for a longer stay in the area have more than a few real estate options. Winters bring snow for those who enjoy feet of fresh powder while summer keeps the lake’s beaches full of children chatting in the water and adults cooking on the grill a few feet away.

For an even more remote getaway, pack a weekend trip to Chippewa National Forest, which lies a few short miles to the north and northwest of Moose Lake. The forest holds 1.6 million acres of hardwood, red oak and white pine forests combined with wild ginger and wild rice scattered throughout. Hikers have 160 miles of trails to wind their way through and campsites dot the forest in fascinating places. Keep your eyes open for exotic wildlife, including the elusive Canada lynx and the elegant sandhill crane.

Even further to the north of Moose Lake, but no more than 90 miles away, lies the Canadian border for those hoping for a visit to foreign soil. The social bees have only a short skip to Grand Rapids, Minnesota, where nightlife flourishes any time of the year. Dress to the nines and catch an orchestra showing or sit sedately on a showboat for some evening entertainment.

Find your way to Moose Lake for high quality quiet time with the family, or pick your way through the local cities for festivals and fun through the year. Water skiing, wakeboarding, canoeing and kayaking fill up the time on the lake during the day. Choose your stay at lakeside vacation rentals or purchase your own prime real estate property. Either way, Moose Lake is unique location for any lakelubber.

Things to do at Moose Lake

  • Vacation Rentals
  • Fishing
  • Swimming
  • Beach
  • Canoeing
  • Kayaking
  • Water Skiing
  • Wakeboarding
  • Camping
  • Cabin Rentals
  • Hiking
  • Wildlife Viewing
  • Birding
  • National Forest

Fish species found at Moose Lake

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

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    Lake Type: Natural Freshwater Lake, Not Dammed

    Surface Area: 1,273 acres

    Shoreline Length: 7 miles

    Average Depth: 30 feet

    Maximum Depth: 61 feet

    Water Volume: 38,190 acre-feet

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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".

    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 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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