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Barnum Lake

Cass County - Minnesota
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The Leech Lake area has built a strong reputation for its wonderful family vacations and fishing getaways! Visitors are sure to find their ideal lodging option as Leech Lake has over 30 resorts, lodges, campgrounds, and hotels lining its pristine shores.

Leech Lake is known for offering the best Walleye fishing and Muskie fishing in the Midwest. With 195 miles of shoreline and 112,835 acres to explore, both professional fishermen and family fishing trips alike are sure to enjoy a successful day of fishing on Leech Lake.

For more information on things to do and see check out leechlake.org

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Frequently Asked Questions About Barnum Lake, MN

How big is Barnum Lake?
Barnum Lake is approximately 151 sq acres (0.6 sq km) in size with 5 miles (7.2 km) of shoreline.

How deep is Barnum Lake?
Barnum Lake is approximately 30 feet (9.2 m) at its deepest point.

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

Other fish species in the lake include Hybrid Sunfish.

What are the closest cities to Barnum Lake?
Nearby cities and towns include Longville, MN and Hackensack, MN.

Are there places to stay in the Barnum 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! Barnum 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 Barnum 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 Barnum Lake (.pdf format) along with 2,700 more lake maps. For more information on all the benefits of Lake-Link Pro click here.

Barnum Lake area businesses:
Please check out these local businesses in the Barnum Lake area:
Business Card: Leech Lake Tourism Bureau
Leech Lake Tourism Bureau
Walker, MN
about 12 miles away

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

History & Status of the Fishery

Barnum Lake has an area of 134 acres and a maximum depth of 30 feet. About two-thirds of Barnum Lake is 15 feet or less in depth. Barnum Lake is located about nine miles east and three miles north of Hackensack, MN. The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (MN DNR) has classified Minnesota's lakes into 43 different lake classes based on physical, chemical and other characteristics. Barnum Lake is in lake class 32. Lakes in this class generally have hard water, a large percentage of area 15 feet or less in depth and an irregular shoreline. Barnum Lake has no designated public access. Though most of the Barnum Lake shoreline is in private ownership, some of the shoreline is under Cass County or US Forest Service administration. Barnum Lake is managed primarily for largemouth and smallmouth bass and secondarily for northern pike, bluegill and black crappie. There is an abundant largemouth bass population present in a wide range of sizes of largemouth bass present in Barnum Lake, with fish up to 21.5 inches sampled. Smallmouth bass were not as abundant as largemouth, however fish up to 18 inches were found. Black crappie were abundant in the 2001 DNR sampling, and fish from 5 to11 inches were found. Northern pike were also abundant and the population had a good size structure. Numbers of bluegill present compares favorably with other lakes of this type. Though most bluegill sampled were small, there was a respectable number of fish 6 inches or greater. Pumpkinseed sunfish, rock bass, and yellow perch can provide action for panfish anglers on Barnum Lake as well. Anglers can help maintain or improve the quality of fishing by practicing selective harvest. Selective harvest allows for the harvest of smaller fish for table fare, but encourages release of medium- to large-size fish. Releasing these fish can help maintain balance in the fish community in Barnum Lake and provide anglers with opportunities to catch more and larger fish in the future. Most of the land around Barnum Lake is privately owned. In 1988, a lake survey crew counted 28 lake homes around the shoreline, and by 2001 this number had increased to 40 homes. With increasing use of lakeshore areas by people, it is essential that shoreline areas be protected from degradation. Shoreline areas - on the land and into the shallow water - provide essential habitat for fish and wildlife that live in or near Minnesota's lakes. Overdeveloped shorelines can't support the fish, wildlife, and clean water that are associated with natural undeveloped lakes. The combined effects of all lakeshore owners fixing up their property can destroy a lake's valuable natural shorelines. Shoreline habitat consists of aquatic plants, woody plants and natural lake bottom soils. Plants in the water and at the water's edge provide habitat, prevent erosion and absorb excess nutrients. Shrubs, trees, and woody debris such as fallen trees or limbs provide good habitat both above and below the water and should be left in place. Natural lake bottom materials like silt or gravel are more ecologically productive than pure sand trucked in for a swimming beach. A tidy lawn and a sandy beach make great spots for sunbathing and swimming but do little to provide habitat for fish and wildlife. By leaving a buffer strip of natural vegetation along the shoreline, property owners can reduce erosion, help maintain water quality, and provide habitat and travel corridors for wildlife. Only if more lakeshore owners manage their shoreline in a natural condition can fish and wildlife populations on Minnesota lakes remain healthy and abundant. More specific information on protecting or restoring shorelines and watersheds is available through DNR Fisheries offices.

What is the average air temp for Barnum Lake?
Looking forward to your next adventure at Barnum 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 49°F (9°C) to a low around 26°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 Barnum Lake?
Enjoy more of the outdoors with a visit to an area state park. There are 1 state park in the vacinity of Barnum Lake.

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

More Nearby Lakes To Explore
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Baby Lake 2.1 mi 737 69 ft
Hazel Lake 2.3 mi 15 38 ft
Woman Lake 2.4 mi 5,520 54 ft
Child Lake 2.4 mi 285 29 ft
Little Woman Lake 2.5 mi 36 14 ft
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