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Lake Riley

Carver County - Minnesota
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Frequently Asked Questions About Lake Riley, MN

How big is Lake Riley?
Lake Riley is approximately 296 sq acres (1.2 sq km) in size with 3 miles (5.3 km) of shoreline.

How deep is Lake Riley?
Lake Riley is approximately 49 feet (14.9 m) at its deepest point with an average depth of 21 feet (6.4 m).

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

Other fish species in the lake include Fathead Minnow, Golden Shiner, Green Sunfish, Hybrid Sunfish, Spottail Shiner and White Sucker.

Are there fishing guides or charters for Lake Riley?
Yes! There are fishing guides and charters for Lake Riley and/or the surrounding area.

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

What are the fishing regulations for Lake Riley?
Minnesota Department of Natural Resources There are specific fishing regulations Lake Riley 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 Lake Riley 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 Lake Riley?
There are some aquatic invasive species found in Lake Riley including Eurasian watermilfoil and zebra mussel.

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 Riley is a 296-acre Class 24 lake with a maximum depth of 49 feet. The lake is located in Carver County, northeast of Chanhassen, MN. Stocking of Riley is funded by the lake association. Walleye fingerlings were stocked from 1997-2002, in 2004, 2006-2008, 2010 and 2015. (The 2015 stocking occurred after this survey was conducted.) Yellow Perch were stocked in 2012. Lake Riley is primarily managed for Northern Pike and Largemouth Bass, and secondarily managed for Bluegill. In 2015, a Standard Survey was conducted to assess the gamefish populations.

Northern Pike were highly abundant in 2015; the catch rate of 17.5 fish per gill net greatly exceeds the 75th percentile for this lake (7.3 fish per net). Fish are of quality size; 86% of the gill-netted fish exceeded 21 inches, and 12% exceeded 28 inches. The average Northern Pike was 24.1 inches and 3.23 pounds. The largest fish was 36.7 inches and 10.60 pounds.

Bluegill were moderately abundant and size tended to be small. The catch rate of 11.4 fish per trap net falls between the 25th percentile and median for this Lake Class. Twelve percent of the sample exceeded 7 inches, and the largest trap-netted fish was 8.3 inches. The average Bluegill was 5.3 inches and 0.14 pounds.

In 2015, Walleye were caught at a rate of 2.0 fish per gill net. This catch rate falls between the 25th percentile and median for Lake Class 24. Size structure was skewed to larger individuals; all of the sampled Walleye exceeded 15 inches, and 92% exceeded 20 inches. The average fish was 22.0 inches and 4.02 pounds. The largest fish was 26.7 inches and 6.46 pounds.

Black Crappie were caught at a rate of 1.3 per gill net, which falls below the 25th percentile for this Lake Class. Sixty-three percent of the fish exceeded 8 inches, and the average size of gill-netted Black Crappie was 8.5 inches and 0.5 pounds. The largest fish caught was 14.4 inches and 1.79 pounds.

Yellow Perch were moderately abundant in 2015, and size structure was skewed to small individuals. The catch rate of 6.0 fish per gill net falls between the 25th percentile and median for this Lake Class. Nineteen percent of the fish exceeded 8 inches, and the average size was 7.12 inches and 0.17pounds. The largest Yellow Perch was 8.7 inches and 0.28 pounds.

Yellow Bullhead were highly abundant in the gill nets. The catch rate of 34.7 fish per net greatly exceeded the 75th percentile of 7.5 fish per net. All of the sampled fish exceeded 9 inches. The average size of Yellow Bullhead was 10.6 inches and 0.65 pounds. The largest fish was 14.0 inches and 1.3 pounds.

Other fishes caught in low abundance included Black Bullhead, White Sucker, Green Sunfish, hybrid sunfish, Largemouth Bass, and Pumpkinseed.

What is the average air temp for Lake Riley?
Looking forward to your next adventure at Lake Riley? 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 57°F (14°C) to a low around 37°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.

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Round Lake 2.6 mi 31 37 ft
Lotus Lake 2.8 mi 245 29 ft
Lake Ann 3.0 mi 116 45 ft
Staring Lake 3.3 mi 167 16 ft
Lake Lucy 3.4 mi 88 20 ft
Unnamed Lake 4.1 mi 20 22 ft
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