Find lake homes and lots on one of Minnesota’s big bodies of water. Mille Lacs Lake (also called Lake Mille Lacs or Mille Lacs) is a large but shallow lake in Minnesota. It is located in the counties of Mille Lacs, Aitkin, and Crow Wing, roughly 100 miles north of the Minneapolis. Mille Lacs means “thousand lakes” in French.
Mille Lacs is Minnesota’s second-largest lake at 132,516 acres. The maximum depth is 42 feet. 20- to 38-foot depth ranges cover much of the main lake. Gravel and rock bars cover the southern half of the lake. Two islands in the center make up Mille Lacs National Wildlife Refuge, the smallest in the United States.
The lake has many species of fish including walleye, northern pike, muskie, jumbo perch, smallmouth bass, largemouth bass, black crappie, burbot, and tullibee. It is one of Minnesota’s most popular fishing lakes. Ice fishing houses number in the thousands during the winter. It is a prime spawning grounds for walleye. Billions of walleye eggs and fry are produced there every year. Shallow reef-top fishing exists on all sides of the lake. Deep-water angling takes place on the southern deep gravel and rocks as well as on dozens of mud flats in the north half of the lake. Shoreline break fishing on varied bottom types occurs all around the lake. The weed line is at nine to twelve feet. MN DNR Lake Finder website has more detailed information and maps
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