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Some Important Studies on Deer Lake


The DNR did a Sensitive Lakeshore Study of several Itasca County lakes in the past years.  Those studies are now published on the DNR website:

Deer Lake was not one of the three selected for extensive research, but was provided with a Rapid Assessement, as summarized in this map, with predictible results.

Deer Lake Sensitive Lakeshore Areas


Deer-Pokegema Diagnostic Study

(very large file takes time to download)

The Diagnostic Study makes many recommendations on how to improve and protect water quality in Deer Lake.  The Itasca SWCD office has obtained a grant to do some of this suggested work in the next years.

Two related webpages with more information and photos of the Diagnostic study:

Diagnostic Page

Spring Study Page


Deer Lake Water Quality Assessment Report

(this is a draft with occasional errors to be corrected)

Itasca County has contracted with RMB Labs (Detroit Lakes and Grand Rapids) to collated Lake Water Quality reports/Summaries for many Itasca County Lakes, including Deer Lake.




If you know of any SPRINGS near or in the waters of Deer Lake please contact

Spring Study Coordinator, Tom Nelson

Also: the DNR is now developing an inventory of all Springs in Minnesota:



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.



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


Our Deer Lake is famous!

We are in the Top 10 Clearest Lakes in the US!