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Iceday on Deer Lake


[More Ice-In photos Here]

{Ice-Boating Here}



[Last update: 12-18-14]


Happy Holidays Everyone!!

Deer Lakers in Arizona.

Left to Right – Margot & Dave Chatterton, Carolyn & Bob Ludwig, Sue Herboldt Johnson & Dale Johnson, Julie & Bob Hennesey, and Sharon & Bob Claude.  The AZ Deer Lakers met for lunch Dec. 12  at Pappadeaux’s Creole Seafood Restaurant. We had a wonderful 2-1/2 hour lunch; much laughter and camaraderie among friends.

On a sad note:

Michael R Woxland  passed away January 5,  2015  He is survived by his wife Jill, and parents-in-law, Joan and Gerry Ratzlaff,  all residents of Deer Lake.

We send our sincere condolances.



Fall Newletter Excerpts:

After Action Report, from former DLA President Doug Routt



Active Duty Report from new DLA President Tom Nelson

With reports on DLA Vacancies, Frolic, Newsletter, Aquatic Invasive Species, and LWBC



Latest Report on Living Word Bible Camp

(Click for the report)

Aerial View of Kocemba Bay

LWBC proposal is for land on upper part of photo



 Please renew your DLA Membership! (if you haven't already)

DLA Membership App

Message about the Newsletter distribution via Email


Deer Lake Weather Report 

Deer Lake Weather Map

Deer Lake Weather Data, 2013


  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 first attempt at ice-in on November 21 failed due to high winds.

In the photo above you can see ice (with sunlight reflecting) in the upper left; there is open wavey water out to the right; the middle-foreground (darker area) has broken ice swirling; and near shore (below the trees) is a layer of compressed ice-cubes up against a snow covered ice sheet pushed and buckled against the shore.


Ice-In on Deer Lake: night of November 24-5  (early)

[More Ice-In photos Here]

{Ice-Boating Here}

Deer Lake Ice under the Full Moon



 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. We would plan to develop a series of three to five caches around Deer Lake that would be a fun activity for everyone to learn more about healthy lakeshores. Feel free to contact me, Anna Johnson, if you have any question/concerns, ideas, comments, or are willing to have a cache on or near your lakeshore at




DLA Boutique 

The DLA Boutique has many great items for your home, cabin or as a gift to friends

Call Elise Widen @ 246-2708,

or (612)-868-5083 (off-season)



    The Big Fish Contest concludes the 2014 season!




(Click for Memorial page)



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Deer Lake Diagnostic Study is Complete

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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



  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 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:



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.



**  DLA EMail Project continues to encourage your participation; 

*  More Links to Area Attractions and Agencies HERE 

*  Look for AnnouncementsPeople, and Hints pages in the FORUM section--

*  We welcome your submissions

Hints and Important Information about
Cabin Life in Itasca County


Minnesota DNR

Our DNR Lake ID Number is 310719

DNR Lake Information

MN DNR: Invasive Species in Itasca County


Helping Fish and Wildlife on your Lakeshore Property.

LakeLubbers article on Deer Lake





  Deer Lake historical postcards 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.



Boating on Deer Lake       Photo by Sanna Pederson



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