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Beltrami Lake

Beltrami County - Minnesota
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Frequently Asked Questions About Beltrami Lake, MN


How big is Beltrami Lake?
Beltrami Lake is approximately 726 sq acres (2.9 sq km) in size with 7 miles (11.6 km) of shoreline.

How deep is Beltrami Lake?
Beltrami Lake is approximately 50 feet (15.3 m) at its deepest point with an average depth of 13 feet (4.0 m).

What kind of fish can you catch in Beltrami Lake?
Although thery may be others but anglers can expect to find a variety of fish including Black Bullhead, Black Crappie, Bluegill, Bowfin, Brown Bullhead, Burbot, Largemouth Bass, Northern Pike, Pumpkinseed, Rock Bass, Smallmouth Bass, Walleye, Yellow Bullhead and Yellow Perch in Beltrami Lake.

Other fish species in the lake include Banded Killifish, Blackchin Shiner, Blacknose Shiner, Bluntnose Minnow, Brook Stickleback, Central Mudminnow, Cisco (Tullibee), Common Shiner, Golden Shiner, Hybrid Sunfish, Iowa Darter, Johnny Darter, Mimic Shiner, Mottled Sculpin, Shorthead Redhorse and White Sucker.



Are there places to stay in the Beltrami Lake area?
Are you craving a weekend escape from the hustle and bustle of city life? Or maybe you're an avid angler in search of the perfect fishing spot? Look no further! Beltrami Lake and its surrounding area offer an abundance of options to suit your needs. If you're in need of accommodation, check out our area map which highlights some of the best places to stay. And if you're looking for even more options, head on over to our Travel section. But why settle for a traditional hotel or resort when you can take your adventure to the next level by renting a RV? The open road awaits you!
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Are there topographical lake maps available Beltrami Lake?
We have an topograpical map for online viewing near the top of this page. Lake-Link Pro users can download an print a topograpical map of Beltrami Lake (.pdf format) along with 2,700 more lake maps. For more information on all the benefits of Lake-Link Pro click here.

Are there boat launches on Beltrami Lake?
We know of 1 public boat launch on Beltrami Lake. Please observe any specific lake regulations posted by the boat launch and please help keep the launch area free of litter.

Are there places to eat and drink near Beltrami Lake?
Yes, you can find numerous options in the area. Click the button below to see what's nearby.

What are the fishing regulations for Beltrami Lake?
Minnesota Department of Natural Resources There are specific fishing regulations Beltrami Lake that you need to know. For complete fishing regulations visit the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. To report a violation call (800) 652-9093. Need a Minnesota fishing license?

Explore the Beltrami Lake area in a RV
Are you looking for an adventurous vacation option that won't break the bank? Look no further than renting an RV! Contrary to popular belief, the process is much simpler than you might imagine. With just a few easy steps, you'll soon be experiencing the ultimate freedom and convenience of exploring the open road in your very own recreational vehicle. And the best part? RV travel can save you up to 60% compared to other types of vacations! With the money you'll save, you'll be able to travel even more and create unforgettable memories along the way. So why wait? Start planning your next adventure today with an RV rental. Learn more about renting a RV.

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What aquatic invasive species are found in Beltrami Lake?
There are some aquatic invasive species found in Beltrami Lake including starry stonewort.

Join us in the fight to prevent the spread of invasive species These sneaky creatures can hitch a ride on boats, clinging onto propellers, anchor lines, and trailers. They can even survive in hidden places like bilge water and ballast tanks, or disguise themselves in dirt and sand that sticks to nets, buckets, anchors, and waders. But don't worry, we have the power to stop them in their tracks with just a few simple steps. So let's do our part and protect our waters from these unwanted invaders.


History & Status of the Fishery

Lake Beltrami (D.O.W. # 04-0135-00) is a 726-acre lake with a maximum depth of 50 feet located 10 miles north of Bemidji in Beltrami County. There is a DNR public water access with a concrete ramp and parking for about 10 trucks/trailers located on the south shore of the lake off of HWY 71 on Lake Beltrami Road. Lake Beltrami is managed for Largemouth Bass, Bluegill, Walleye and Northern Pike. A special regulation for Northern Pike consisting of a protected slot limit from 24 to 36 inches and 1 fish allowed over 36 inches in the daily possession limit of 3 fish is in effect. Statewide regulations apply to all other species.

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has classified Minnesota lakes based on similarities in lake basin (depth, size) water chemistry (alkalinity, water clarity). Lake Beltrami is in lake class 25. The following discussion makes comparisons between Beltrami and other class 25 lakes in the state. Other Bemidji area lakes in this class include Turtle River Lake, Pimushe Lake and Lake Itasca.

While Lake Beltrami has always been known as a good Largemouth Bass fishing lake, Smallmouth Bass have become well established over the past 20 years and now provide a good fishery as well. Electrofishing conducted as part of the 2016 assessment resulted in similar catch rates for both species with Largemouth Bass up to 17.9 inches and Smallmouth Bass up to 19.4 inches in length captured. Lake Beltrami currently provides a unique angling opportunity as one of the only lakes in the Bemidji area with a fishable Smallmouth Bass population. However the species is now expanding and will likely eventually become established through the entire Turtle River and Cass Lake Chains of lakes.

The 2016 Bluegill catch rate of 16.44/trap net was similar to the median catch rate for class 25 lakes (17.25/trap net). Bluegill were on the small side, with an average length of 5.47 inches. Few fish over 8 inches in length were captured in this assessment.

The 2016 Walleye catch rate was 1.33/gill net, which was lower than expected. Walleye up to 24.21 inches were captured, with an average size of 17.67 inches.

The Northern Pike catch rate was 2.89/gill net. Northern Pike had a good average size of 24.07 inches and 2.91 lbs/fish, with pike up to 29.41 inches in length captured in the assessment.

Other species of fish captured in the 2016 assessment were Rock Bass, Pumpkinseed, Hybrid Sunfish, Tullibee (Cisco), White Sucker, Yellow Perch and Bullhead species. Although not captured, Muskellunge are known to inhabit the lake.


What is the average air temp for Beltrami Lake?
Looking forward to your next adventure at Beltrami Lake? Don't forget to plan ahead! Weather can be unpredictable, but we've got you covered. On average, air temperatures during this time of year range from a high around 50°F (10°C) to a low around 27°F (-3°C). Of course, these are just historical averages, so be prepared for anything Mother Nature throws your way. For the most up-to-date weather information, be sure to check out our Weather Bar located at the top of this page.

Are there any state parks near Beltrami Lake?
Enjoy more of the outdoors with a visit to an area state park. There are 1 state park in the vacinity of Beltrami Lake.

For more Minnesota State Park information see our State Park Guide.

Beltrami Lake Reviews
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daniel j.
Thompson, ND
5 star rating
This lake is also a great Smallmouth Bass Lake, just fish the bull rushes. Yes also good Largemouth Bass lake too.
Reviewed Mar 18, 2017

More Nearby Lakes To Explore
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DISTANCE ACRES MAX DEPTH
Little Gnat Lake 1.1 mi 34 30 ft
Fox Lake 1.6 mi 165 19 ft
Three Island Lake 2.0 mi 729 25 ft
Movil Lake 2.1 mi 853 50 ft
Black Lake 2.7 mi 271 42 ft
Turtle Lake 2.9 mi 1,606 45 ft
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Big Bass Lake (east basin) 4.5 mi 337 17 ft
Little Turtle Lake 4.6 mi 469 25 ft
Turtle River 4.8 mi 1,740 63 ft
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