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Where is 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. Nearby are Moose Lake to the north (left on the postcard above), and Little Deer to the west (foreground of post card).
Deer Lake has 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.