Okamanpeedan Lake, Iowa & Minnesota, USA

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Also known as:  Tuttle Lake

Located in Martin County, Minnesota and Emmet County, Iowa, Okamanpeedan Lake is also known as Tuttle Lake. Okamanpeedan is Native American for “nesting place of the herons” signifying the large population of herons that live along the shoreline in the tall trees. In the mid 1850’s Calvin Tuttle was the first settler in the lake area and his last name is often used as the second name for the lake.

Okamanpeedan Lake is a destination for water fun with swimming, boating, kayaking, and canoeing. Fishing for northern pike, yellow perch, black bullhead, walleye, bluegill, largemouth bass, smallmouth bass and white crappie keeps anglers dangling their bait in anticipation of a trophy catch.

Vacation rentals around the Tuttle Lake area range from camping facilities, bed and breakfasts, cabins, and motels. During the warm summer months, visitors can enjoy hiking and biking along trails around the lake. A nearby golf course offers an alternative outdoor experience. During the colder months, you will not have to venture far from the lake to find yourself swooshing down the hillside at a nearby ski resort or perhaps you prefer peaceful cross-country skiing through the trails around the lake.

The Southern Tourist Region of Minnesota is home to Okamanpeedan Lake. This part of Minnesota honors their colorful history and still celebrates and pays tribute to the early settlers of the area and Dakota Indians by hosting festivals, displaying historic architecture, antique shops and museums that range from historical to the Hormel Foods SPAM museum. Take a ride on a replica Mississippi Paddle Boat, try your luck at casinos, take a tour of the Mayo Clinic or enjoy a performance at local theatre and opera houses; these are just a few of the places to visit while you are here. Vacation rentals range from camping, chalets, cabins, inns, bed and breakfasts, and resorts.

Minnesota offers year round outdoor adventures to suit anyone’s idea of adventure. Biking and mountain biking are very popular with trails through forests, around lakes, specially developed trails for different levels of expertise, and many downhill ski areas become mountain bike parks in the warmer months. Of course if you like snow, and then be prepared for the rush of snowboarding, skiing, snowshoeing, cross country skiing, snowmobiling, or even dog sledding. Okamanpeedan Lake is not the only lake around as Minnesota’s nickname is the “Land of Ten Thousand Lakes.” Fishing is a year round adventure whether you prefer rivers, lakes, or streams. These same rivers and streams also offer adventuresome rafting and tubing excursions for those who dare to challenge the white waters. For your piece of the fun, check out local real estate options to purchase a vacation get away destination for yourself.

On the Iowa side of Okamanpeedan Lake is the location of Okampeedan Lake State Park which is located in the boundaries of Tuttle Lake Wildlife Management Complex. At the state park, facilities for boating, camping, swimming and fishing are available while wildlife viewing is popular in the management area. Hunting is permitted in season with appropriate licenses and permits. As part of the Northwest Tourism Region of Iowa, this area is part of three popular wildlife tour loops stretched through miles of Iowa’s great landscape. Of course as you travel along the wildlife tour, take time to stop at the quaint towns and communities along the way where you can find the “Ice Cream Capital of the World”, Dutch windmills, a kaleidoscope factory and vacation rentals from camping, motels, lodges, and bed and breakfast inns.

Whether you come in the warm weather or the colder weather, Okamanpeedan Lake is a great destination no matter when you visit.

Things to do at Okamanpeedan Lake

  • Fishing
  • Boating
  • Swimming
  • Canoeing
  • Kayaking
  • Tubing
  • Golf
  • Camping
  • Cabin Rentals
  • Hiking
  • Biking
  • Downhill Skiing
  • Snowboarding
  • Cross-Country Skiing
  • Snowmobiling
  • Dog Sledding
  • Hunting
  • Wildlife Viewing
  • State Park
  • Museum
  • Antiquing
  • Casino Gambling

Fish species found at Okamanpeedan Lake

  • Bass
  • Black Bass
  • Black Bullhead
  • Bluegill
  • Crappie
  • Largemouth Bass
  • Northern Pike
  • Perch
  • Pike
  • Smallmouth Bass
  • Sunfish
  • Walleye
  • White Crappie
  • Yellow Perch

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    Okamanpeedan Lake Statistics & Helpful Links

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    Lake Type: Natural Freshwater Lake, Dammed

    Water Level Control: Minnesota Department of Natural Resources

    Surface Area: 2,294 acres

    Normal Elevation (Full Pond): 1,228 feet

    Minimum Elevation (Min Pond): 1,224 feet

    Maximum Elevation (Max Pond): 1,231 feet

    Average Depth: 4 feet

    Maximum Depth: 7 feet

    Water Volume: 8,270 acre-feet

    Water Residence Time: 2-3 months

    Trophic State: Hypereutrophic

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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.

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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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    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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    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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    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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