Pelican Lake-St. Louis County, Minnesota, USA

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All About Pelican Lake-St. Louis County

Pelican Lake lies adjacent to the small town of Orr in St. Louis County, Minnesota. Pelican Lake has 54 miles of shoreline and is peppered with 53 islands. [There are more than 10 Pelican Lakes in Minnesota; this one is the largest.]

Pelican Lake’s shoreline is extensively developed with homes, cottages, and resorts.

Pelican Lake is a relatively shallow lake: maximum depth is 38 feet, and 5,789 of its 10,945 acres of water surface are less than 15 feet in depth. The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources ranks its water quality as good.

Abundant aquatic vegetation supports sport fishing. Bass, panfish, northern pike, and yellow perch are the primary sport-fish. Black crappie, bluegill, and bullhead are among the most common. Special regulations protect northern pike, largemouth and smallmouth bass.

Boating conditions and facilities are excellent. Superior National Forest, Voyageurs National Park, and the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness are all within easy reach.

Birdwatching is also popular; look for eagles, grosbeaks, hawks, hummingbirds, jays, loons, osprey, and woodpeckers. Pelican Lake is named for its pelican-like shape, but is also frequented by statuesque Great White American Pelicans that like the place well enough to return each summer. For decades it’s been a stop on their flyway between Canada and the Gulf of Mexico.

Pelican Lake lodging runs mostly to cottages and cabins, according to the Resort Association, which promotes Pelican lake as “the perfect marriage between lake recreation and environmental conservation”. Area resorts specialize in family reunions, and several provide first class accommodations.

Things to Do at Pelican Lake-St. Louis County

  • Fishing
  • Boating
  • Canoeing
  • Cabin Rentals
  • Birding
  • National Park
  • National Forest

Fish Species Found at Pelican Lake-St. Louis County

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

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Recommended Sites to Book a Pelican Lake-St. Louis County Vacation

If you want to take a deeper dive to find waterfront lake cabins, cottages, condos, hotels or resorts, check out our favorite Pelican Lake-St. Louis County lodging partners.

  • VRBO – Use VRBO to find the perfect lake rental home, condo, cabin, cottage or other vacation property.
  • – One of the world’s leading digital travel companies, connects travelers to everything from cozy B&Bs to luxury resorts.
  • Expedia – Expedia is a popular online travel agency with more than 140,000 lodging properties worldwide.
  • – With more than 325,000 hotels in 19,000-plus locations, is an industry leader in online accommodations.
  • TripAdvisor – Read traveler reviews and compare prices on hotels, vacation rentals and more at TripAdvisor.
  • Trivago – Trivago helps travelers compare deals for hotels and other accommodations from a variety of booking sites.
  • KAYAK – KAYAK scours hundreds of other travel websites at once to find the best deals on hotels and other travel-related services.
  • RVshare –RVshare connects travelers interested in renting a motorhome with owners who have RVs to rent.
  • CampSpot – Campspot offers premier RV resorts, family campgrounds, cabins and glamping options across North America.

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Pelican Lake-St. Louis County Statistics & Helpful Links


Lake Type: Natural Freshwater Lake, Not Dammed

Water Level Control: Minnesota Department of Natural Resources

Surface Area: 10,945 acres

Shoreline Length: 54 miles

Normal Elevation (Full Pond): 1,288 feet

Minimum Elevation (Min Pond): 1,286 feet

Maximum Elevation (Max Pond): 1,290 feet

Maximum Depth: 38 feet

Trophic State: Eutrophic

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