Almost Gone (May 16), at last!
Official 2013 ICE OUT on Deer Lake: May 18
2013 Ice Out season (full sequence)
(click for full sequence)
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
More SPRING Photos HERE
Is this a Spring water seep? Nope: its a crayfish den!!
Last update: 5-20-13; New: Time to renew your DLA Membership!
DLA Newsletter, May 2013
Message about the Newsletter distribution via Email
Deer Lake Weather Report
Deer Lake Weather Map
Deer Lake Weather Data, 2012 NEW
DLA Membership App
Deer Lake LOON Calendar is temporarily sold out. A second batch on order!
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
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
Tuesday, May 28th: DLA Book Club
Friday, June 7, 9am: Bear Island Cleanup
Saturday, June 8, 10am: DLA General Meeting AT CAMP HIAWATHA
Presentation on Invasive Species
Preceded by DLA Board Meeting at 8:30am
Wednesday, June 12th: DLA BBQ @ Baker's
Tuesday, June 18th: DLA Golf
Tuesday, June 25th: DLA Book Club
Saturday, July 6: Rock Bass Kid's Tournament
Wednesday, July 17th: DLA BBQ @ Stokes'
Friday, July 12th, 9am: Bear Island Cleanup
Saturday, July 13th, 4:30pm at Deer River Townhall: DLA Business Meeting with elections; followed by Potluck Dinner @ 5:30
DR Townhall located at 41183 Hwy 19, west of Deer Lake, .8 mile past West Deer Lake Rd
Preceded by DLA Board meeting at 2pm
Tuesday, July 16th: DLA Golf
Tuesday, July 23rd: DLA Book Club
Friday, August 2nd, 9am: Bear Island Cleanup
Wednesday, August 7th: DLA BBQ @ Brown's
Thursday, August 8th, 4:30pm: DLA Board Meeting @ Doug Routt's cabin (37382 Glenary Rd)
Tuesday, August 13th, 4:30pm: DLA FROLIC @ Camp Hiawatha
Tuesday, August 20th: DLA Golf
Tuesday, August 27th: DLA Book Club
Saturday, August 29th, 5pm: Annual Spaghetti Dinner @ Camp Hiawatha
Friday, September 6th, 9am: Bear Island Cleanup
Saturday, September 7, 9:30am: Hwy 62 Road Cleanup
Tuesday, September 10th: DLA Book Club
Wednesday, September 11th: DLA BBQ @ Marier's
Tuesday, September 17th: DLA Golf
The Big Fish Contest for 2013 is now ready to go. Opener May 11; ON Ice-Out by then.
Loonlings on Parade (more pic here) Photo by Joan Ratzlaff
Click for: Loon Count and Sensitive Shores
Do you know your DLA Area Communicator?
Deer Lake historical postcards HERE!
** 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
Recent Northern Lights over Deer Lake (click)
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)
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 2012 have been moved to their own page: CLICK HERE!
Maple Sap boils to syrup as Friends gather near Deer Lake
The Environmental Assessment Worksheet has been completed for LWBC on Deer Lake. Because there is potential for significant ecological effects from the proposed project an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) was ordered on Feb. 23. The EIS must be completed before LWBC can proceed to the permitting process which will also have to address the illegality of permitting Commercial development in a Residential land use zone.
More information can be found here:
East Deer Lake Road
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
Some handy links to click and explore!
Two NEW Items of Interest:
WI DNR: Fish and Trees
MN DNR: Invasive Species in Itasca County
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
THE WATER'S EDGE
Helping Fish and Wildlife on your Lakeshore Property.
MORE LINKS HERE!
In 2008 Camp Hiawatha installed a vast shoreland buffer to protect the lake water quality from erosion and run-off. Much of the cost came from grants and a donation from the Deer Lake Association.
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 4,156 acres and is roughly 5 miles long and 1.5 miles wide. The lake has no inlets and only one outlet, DeerRiver. Its water comes from rainfall and many surface and underground springs. There were 373 homes or cabins counted during the 2005 survey, indicating moderate to high shoreline development.
Often called the "Lake of the Changing Colors", DeerLake'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 DeerLake one of northern Minnesota's treasures.
DeerLake's depth ranges up to 121 feet. There are many reefs and rockpiles, some rising suddenly in mid-lake. This rock structure 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.