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ICE-OUT has finally begun on Deer Lake

ICE-OUT Sequence page



A Bird's-Eye View of Kocemba Bay Aquatic Spawning Area

This is the location of the controversial commercial development by Living Word Bible Camp

For Latest News on LWBC, CLICK HERE



[Last update: 4-19-14]


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

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Message about the Newsletter distribution via Email


Deer Lake Weather Report 

Deer Lake Weather Map

Deer Lake Weather Data, 2012

Need help with dock or other open-up/clean-up chores?

Call Rich Anderson: 612-616-6830



  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 AnnouncementsPeople, and Hints pages in the FORUM section--

*  We welcome your submissions

* Hints and Important Information about
Cabin Life in Itasca County


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Best Pix from 2013 Webpage Here




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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




DLA Boutique  

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.



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

Check out the feature on Deer Lake in the June Issue of Cabin Life magazine





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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