Ice Crystal "sundog" rises at dawn above Deer Lake after more than a foot of snow
Last update: 12-10-13
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DLA Newsletter, Sept. 2013
DLA Newsletter, May 2013
Message about the Newsletter distribution via Email
Deer Lake Weather Report
Deer Lake Weather Map
Deer Lake Weather Data, 2012
DLA Membership App
Check out the feature on Deer Lake in the June Issue of Cabin Life magazine
Need help with dock or other close-up/clean-up chores?
Call Rich Anderson: 612-616-6830
Dawn with snow on the ice in the reeds with fog upon the open lake Photo by Rich Anderson
A beach full of invasive mussles makes bare feet impossible!
Invasive Species Crisis in Minnesota threatens Deer Lake!!
This could happen here if we are not VERY CAREFUL!
The most common entry is by boat; please check your rig BEFORE entering the lake.
New certification for Dock Installers required (extra caution if a dock is from another lake).
Click these Links:
MN DNR: Invasive Species in Itasca County
Poster from Minnesota
Mussles and more: find many other Invasives on the sidebar of this website
Do you know your DLA Area Communicator?
The Big Fish Contest for 2013 is in the hatch!
Deer Lake historical postcards HERE!
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
** Itasca Water Legacy Partnership invites your support!!
** DLA EMail Project continues to encourage your participation;
* 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
Deer Lake Diagnostic Study is Complete
Large spring water seep in 3 feet of water: don't step here (or you will sink past your knee!))
If you know of similar SPRINGS on Deer Lake please contact
Spring Study Coordinator, Tom Nelson
Is this a Spring water seep? Nope: its a crayfish den!!
See her claws from under a rock?
The DLA Boutique has just received a new shipment of the
Hand Painted Deer Lake Mugs.
These mugs are great for sipping on the shores of Deer Lake
and they make a great gift!
Call Elise Widen @ 246-2708,
or (612)-868-5083 (off-season)
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:
Photos from the past years have been moved to their own pages: CLICK HERE!
Some Items and Links worth exploring:
Click here for the TICK page!
WI DNR: Fish and Trees
Northern Minnesota Fishing Report from Guide Jeff Sundin
Shoreland Best Management Practice Information
This webpage from the University of Minnesota Extension Service includes fact-sheets designed to assist shoreland property owners in protecting and preserving water quality. These include information on septic systems, shoreline stabilization, erosion control, lawns and gardens, invasive species, and much more. Scroll to bottom for index of topics.
Itasca County Interactive Map
This GIS map of the county includes parcel information.
Our DNR Lake ID Number is 310719
DNR Lake Information
MN DNR: Invasive Species in Itasca County
THE WATER'S EDGE
Helping Fish and Wildlife on your Lakeshore Property.
LakeLubbers article on Deer Lake
MORE LINKS HERE!
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.