The Ten Largest Lakes in Minnesota

Upper Red Lake in Minnesota

Upper Red Lake in Minnesota

Minnesota is the “Land of 10,000 Lakes”, although there are actually 11,842 that are 10 acres or more in size. The Ten Largest Lakes located entirely within the borders of Minnesota are:

  1. Red Lake (both “Upper” and “Lower”) – 288,800 acres
  2. Mille Lacs Lake – 132,516 acres
  3. Leech Lake – 111,527 acres
  4. Lake Winnibigoshish – 58,544 acres
  5. Lake Vermilion – 40,557 acres
  6. Lake Kabetogama – 25,760 acres
  7. Mud Lake (Marshall County) – 23,700 acres
  8. Cass Lake – 15,596
  9. Lake Minnetonka – 14,004 acres
  10. Otter Tail Lake – 13,725 acres

Lake Superior and Lake of the Woods are actually larger bodies of water than those listed above, but both are only partially inside the borders of Minnesota. Lake Superior  is 20,364,800 acres total, with 962,700 acres in Minnesota. Lake of the Woods is 950,400 acres total, with 307,010 acres in Minnesota.

(Source: Minnesota Department of Natural Resources)

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