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Sniff sniff...did someone light a woodstove or campfire nearby?
That's not fog, but smoke all the way from Canada covering Deer Lake
DEER LAKE FROLIC
Wednesday, August 18
5pm gather; 6pm-dinner at Camp Hiawatha
Music, games, food, silent auction.
The Frolic is a great opportunity for the entire Deer Lake community to come together, including residents, guests, and visitors both from Deer Lake and the surrounding communities. All are welcome! The Frolic also serves as the primary annual fundraiser for DLA.
Dinner Tickets $12, children age 6 and under free. All welcome.
We’ll cook for you and your guests! Grilled Chicken, corn-on-the-cob, corn bread, salad, and DQ ice cream treats for dessert!
Deer Lake Frolic Info Sheet: please read!
Best to buy dinner tickets in advance. Dinner tickets available from DLA Board Members, Neighborhood Communicators, from firstname.lastname@example.org, or at the door.
If you are unable to attend, please consider purchasing Frolic tickets anyway in order to support DLA's water quality work!
More Frolic details and Photos!
Form submission deadline:
one week before scheduled pickup,
July 13 (south side) and July 19 (north side)
Pick up dates:
South side July 20
North side July 26,
Please read instructions to participate!
2021 Summer Season DLA Events
The DLA Board has put together the 2021 Season of Activities!
Get your Calendar ready for fun!
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Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS)
are a threat to our way of life on the lake!
Click here for more information on Deer Lake Defence.
A beach full of invasive mussles makes bare feet impossible!
Video of AIS (featuring shots of Deer Lake)
Please take note:
click here for
Dangers of Rural Living
And Much More
2021 Ice-In Sequence and more Ice-Outs
Recent record early Ice-Out was April 1st, 2012.
This chart gives water levels on Deer Lake:
Deer Lake Pretty View
Click here for the latest Edition of the
Deer Lake Handbook
for Property Owners!
Beautiful Deer Lake
For generations, Deer Lake water quality has served as a foundation for family life and lakeshore property values. All property owners can unite around the goal of improving water quality.
DLA is introducing the Beautiful Deer Lake Water Quality Initiative. It long-term effort including AIS prevention strategies and initiatives to improve water quality by reducing phosphorus loads dumped into Deer Lake by streams, septic systems, storm-water run-off, and shoreline erosion. DLA is asking Deer Lake property owners to open our hearts to the lake and take action. Please join our effort to improve Deer Lake water quality. Thank you.
For more info click here!!
Now available from the Deer Lake Boutique:
Limited-edition vintage-inspired Deer Lake notecards, on linen paper with matching envelopes. Other Items also available!
Ten for $10.
Storms bring Welcome Water and Rainbows to Deer Lake
See more Deer Lake Rainbows Here
And please post more!
The DNR has several live cameras!
Check this out:
Please do not use Bear Island wood for camp fires on the Island.
Be sure to bring your own firewood!
Anybody remember the giant slide at Pinehurst Lodge in the old days?
More historical pics here!
New DLA Deer Lake Map!
Deer Lake Map available for purchase!
Includes names of bays, islands, fishing bars, and current and historical places of interest.
Available for purchase from the DLA Boutique.
$40 for 24"x36" size on text weight paper
$25 for 16"x24" size on text weight paper
$30 for 16"x24" size on special poly material that can get wet!
The 24"x36" and 16"x24" versions come printed on Text Weight paper, rolled up and ready to frame or hang to your wall directly. Print sizes fit standard frames readily available for purchase in local stores or online. The $30 16"x24" version is printed on special water-resistant poly material that you can keep in your boat to identify bays, islands, and fishing spots. (This map is not meant to be used as a navigational aid to avoid underwater obstructions). Our map is neither printed on UV resistant paper nor with UV resistant ink, so if you are concerned about sun-fade please discuss framing options with a local frame shop.
If you're interested, place an order by sending an email to Elise Widen at
Interested in the Deer Lake Geocache Challenge?
The Geocache Challenge is now ready!
Find the starting point at the Deer Lake Access
Geocaching is a fun scavenger hunt for all ages, which uses a GPS device and some boating skills to find “caches” hidden around the lake.
Here is a Geocache website with all the locations:
The Beautiful Deer Lake Pretty View
The Pretty View from the Deer Lake Look-out on Co. Rd. 62 goes all the way across the length of Deer Lake, from north-east to south-west.
Deer Lake History
Deer Lake historical postcards HERE!
Deer Lake Photo Gallery
The year's best photos of Deer Lake and its environs can be found on the Gallery page. Contributions for this year start now! Please submit your best (digital) photos to the webmaster. Space may require a limit of three pictures. Photos should be lake-oriented, but this can include buildings, wildlife, people, weather formations, and other Deer Lake activities or scenes of all sorts. Send photos as email attachment photos in .jpg format with largest size/resolution possible to Tom Nelson, webmaster:
A Boating Curiosity on Deer Lake
Itasca County Interactive Maps
Here is the Parcel Information GIS map of the county:
IC Parcel Records
* More Links to Area Attractions and Agencies HERE
* Look for Announcements, People, and Hints pages in the FORUM section--
* We welcome your submissions
* Hints and Important Information about
Cabin Life in Itasca County
About Deer Lake
Deer Lake is located in Itasca County about 12 miles north of Grand Rapids and about 8 miles NE of Deer River. The lake covers about 4,097 acres and is roughly 5 miles long and 1.5 miles wide. There are 20.7 miles of shoreline (25.6 if islands are counted). The lake has no inlets and only one outlet into the Deer River. Its water comes from rainfall and many surface and underground springs. Deer Lake is considered "ooligotrophic" indicating very clear water with low nutrient levels.
There were 359 private "improved parcels" on Deer Lake (homes or cabins) counted during the 2005 survey, indicating mostly high shoreline development. An additional 141 non-improved parcels were mostly in common ownership with the improved, but recent development since 2005 has seen many more homes and cabins built around the lake. The State of Minnesota owns just 12 parcels, the majority of which are islands.
Often called the "Lake of the Changing Colors", Deer Lake's crystal-clear water contains minerals that changes it's water to a brilliant blue-green color on a bright summer day. This color, along with it's many islands and miles of scenic shoreline, make Deer Lake one of northern Minnesota's treasures.
Deer Lake's depth ranges up to 121 feet. There are many reefs and rockpiles, some rising suddenly in mid-lake. The lake has 920 acres of "littoral area" (where the depth is less that 15 feet deep). This rocky littoral area is great for fishing, but presents real concerns for the safe boater. Many anglers come to catch trophy muskies, but small-mouth & large-mouth bass, walleyed pike, northern pike and a wide assortment of panfish are also present. Very clear water presents a challenge for daytime fishing.
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Boating on Deer Lake Photo by Sanna Pederson