Deer Lake Minnesota,United States

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Even in the Land of 10,000 Lakes, 4,094-acre Deer Lake is a standout. Its mineral content and unusual clarity (nearly 15 feet in places) turn the spring-fed water into a prism of blues and greens, inspiring the nickname Lake of the Changing Colors. A popular fishing lake located in Minnesota’s Northwoods area, about 195 miles north of Minneapolis, it’s also dandy for swimming, boating, or canoeing to one of the many islands. On Bear Island, look for eagles perched in the pines and nesting ducks, geese, and loons.

Deer Lake is fed by three sources: rainfall, underwater springs, and one inlet from Little Deer Lake. It belongs to a chain of pristine lakes, feeding Bay Lake - headwaters of the mighty Deer River (namesake of the town) which feeds White Oak Lake (part of the Mississippi River). Otter, Moose, Little Moose, Fawn, and Cottonwood Lakes also feed Bay Lake.

Boating, swimming and fishing are popular activities on Cut Foot Sioux Lake. A boat ramp is centrally located between the campground's two loops and provides lake access via Biauswah Creek. A large swimming beach is located at the North Deer Loop and a smaller beach is located at South Deer Loop. Boats may be moored offshore.

Miles of trails in the area provide great hiking, horseback riding, mountain biking and birding opportunities. The 26-mile Cut Foot Sioux National Recreation Area Trail runs through the campground and connects with the Simpson Creek Trail.

Nearby Attractions
Down the road, East Seelye Bay offers a large picnic area, boat landing with dock and a swimming beach.

An additional Aquatic Management Area is found along Deer Lake's Kocemba's Bay. This area of marsh, rocks and bogs makes Deer Lake one of the few natural Muskie-spawning lakes in Minnesota. Additional fish species found in Deer Lake include northern pike, walleye, perch, bluegills, crappie and largemouth and smallmouth bass. After fishing, wildlife watchers can pack their gear and head into the trees for an opportunity to glimpse wolf, coyote, bobcat, lynx or fox that frequent the area.

Deer Lake's sparkling water comes from rainwater, surface and underground springs. Deer River provides the outlet to the Lake of Changing Colors. Part of Dear Lake's rich history can be found in the ruins of an old logging dam located near the current dam site along the northwestern shore. Constructed in 1938 and modified in 1983, Minnesota's Department of Natural Resources manages Deer Lake's dam, creating an average depth of 42 feet and maximum depth of 120 feet.

Itasca County, Minnesota, United States.

Deer Lake Minnesota

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