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Bear Lake

Carlton County - Minnesota
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Frequently Asked Questions About Bear Lake, MN


How big is Bear Lake?
Bear Lake is approximately 100 sq acres (0.4 sq km) in size with 3 miles (4.2 km) of shoreline.

How deep is Bear Lake?
Bear Lake is approximately 31 feet (9.5 m) at its deepest point with an average depth of 11 feet (3.4 m).

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

Other fish species in the lake include Blackchin Shiner, Cisco (Tullibee), Common Shiner, Green Sunfish, Hybrid Sunfish, Johnny Darter and White Sucker.



What are the closest cities to Bear Lake?
Nearby cities and towns include Barnum, MN, Mahtowa, MN and Moose Lake, MN.

Are there places to stay in the Bear 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! Bear 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 boat launches on Bear Lake?
We know of 1 public boat launch on Bear 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 Bear Lake?
Yes, you can find numerous options in the area. Click the button below to see what's nearby.

Explore the Bear 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 Bear Lake?
There are some aquatic invasive species found in Bear Lake including Eurasian watermilfoil.

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

A standard survey was conducted on Bear Lake during the summer of 2015 to update information about fish populations. Walleye is the primary management species for Bear Lake and fingerlings are stocked during even numbered years. Walleye abundance of 1.0 per gillnet lift was average compared to other Minnesota lakes of similar type. Walleye average length was large at 20.1 inches. Two year-classes were represented, and both corresponded to stocked year-classes.

Angling opportunities for Largemouth Bass are notable in Bear Lake with fish up to 20.6 inches sampled. The Largemouth Bass electrofishing catch rate was 29.0 fish per hour, which is average compared to other Duluth Area Largemouth Bass populations. Mean length of sampled bass was good at 14.6 inches.

Panfish population density was average compared to other similar Minnesota lakes. Black Crappie average length was 6.8 inches but only 10% exceeded eight inches. Bluegill averaged 6.3 inches with some quality fish available up to 8.5 inches. Yellow Perch were scarce and small.

Northern Pike abundance of 7.0 per gillnet lift was above average compared to other Minnesota lakes of similar type. Mean length was 22.8 inches and over 50% of the fish captured exceeded 24 inches long.

Eurasion water milfoil was identified in Bear Lake during this survey. The infestation was well established and was very thick in the immediate vicinity of the public access, among other areas. The lake has been designated as infested waters and signs were posted to notify those using the public water access. Designation of the lake as an infested water prohibits the transport of water and harvest of bait. Extreme care must be exercised by thoroughly cleaning boats and trailers when leaving the lake to avoid spreading the aquatic invasive species to other waterbodies.


What is the average air temp for Bear Lake?
Looking forward to your next adventure at Bear 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 48°F (9°C) to a low around 30°F (-1°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 Bear Lake?
Enjoy more of the outdoors with a visit to an area state park. There are 3 state parks in the vacinity of Bear Lake.

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

Bear Lake Reviews
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alan f.
Cloquet, MN
2 star rating
Very scenic. Lots of freeway noise. Eurasian millfoil prevelant. Can be over crowded with campground activities & high speed skiers & joyriders.
Reviewed Jun 5, 2020

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