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Birch 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 Birch Lake, MN

How big is Birch Lake?
Birch Lake is approximately 1,267 sq acres (5.1 sq km) in size with 15 miles (24.6 km) of shoreline.

How deep is Birch Lake?
Birch Lake is approximately 45 feet (13.7 m) at its deepest point with an average depth of 10 feet (3.1 m).

What kind of fish can you catch in Birch 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, Largemouth Bass, Northern Pike, Pumpkinseed, Rock Bass, Walleye, Yellow Bullhead and Yellow Perch in Birch Lake.

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

What are the closest cities to Birch Lake?
Nearby cities and towns include Hackensack, MN, Backus, MN and Akeley, MN.

Are there places to stay in the Birch 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! Birch 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 Birch Lake?
We know of 1 public boat launch on Birch Lake. Please observe any specific lake regulations posted by the boat launch and please help keep the launch area free of litter.

Birch Lake area businesses:
Please check out these local businesses in the Birch Lake area:
Business Card: Leech Lake Tourism Bureau
Leech Lake Tourism Bureau
Walker, MN
about 14 miles away

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

Explore the Birch 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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History & Status of the Fishery

Birch Lake is a 1,267-acre lake located near Hackensack, MN. There is a city-owned public access on the east shore in the city of Hackensack. The lake has 15 miles of shoreline and a maximum depth of 45 feet. The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (MNDNR) has classified Minnesota lakes into 43 different classes based on physical, chemical, and other characteristics. Birch Lake is in Lake Class 25; lakes in the class are generally deep, clear, hard water lakes with irregularly shaped shorelines. Other nearby Class 25 lakes are Big Boy, Hand, Inguadona, and Blackwater. The Birch Lake Association has worked with lakeshore property owners to preserve and restore native aquatic and riparian shoreline vegetation that protects fish and wildlife habitat and water quality on this heavily developed lake.

The best angling opportunities on Birch Lake are for Northern Pike, Walleye, Black Crappie, and Largemouth Bass. During the 2013 sampling, northern pike were abundant compared to other Lake Class 25 lakes and averaged 18 inches in length with fish over 30 inches present. Walleye were moderately abundant, averaged 19 inches, and ranged from 9 to 29 inches. Walleye fingerlings have been stocked every other year and have been providing a measureable contribution to the natural reproduction that is occurring. Black Crappie are within Lake Class 25 averages but on the lower end of long-range management goals. Black Crappie averaged 8 inches long and lengths ranged from 5 to 12 inches. Largemouth bass averaged 11 inches in length with fish up to 19 inches sampled. Bluegills numbers have declined in the past 4 surveys but are still within the averages for similar lakes. Sizes of Bluegill are small with an average length of 6 inches and the largest Bluegill captured being 8.5 inches. Yellow perch abundance is at a historic low. Other species sampled in 2013 were Black Bullhead, Bowfin (dogfish), Brown Bullhead, Pumpkinseed, Rock Bass, White Sucker, and Yellow Bullhead.

People can have significant impacts on lakes and the fish populations they support. Harvest, lakeshore development, removal of shoreline vegetation, and introductions of invasive species can all adversely affect fish populations. Currently the only aquatic invasive species (AIS) that has been identified in Birch Lake is purple loosestrife. AIS are moved from infested to non-infested waters by anglers, boaters, and lake shore owners and can adversely impact lakes and fish populations. To avoid spreading AIS, lake users are required to remove all aquatic plants or animals from their watercraft and drain all water from their boat before leaving the access. If you suspect an infestation of an invasive species in this lake, save a specimen and report it to a local natural resource office. Additional information on all of these topics can be found on the DNR website (www.dnr.state.mn.us) or by contacting the Walker Area Fisheries office

What is the average air temp for Birch Lake?
Looking forward to your next adventure at Birch 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 Birch Lake?
Enjoy more of the outdoors with a visit to an area state park. There are 1 state park in the vacinity of Birch Lake.

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

More Nearby Lakes To Explore
There's more lake's to explore around Birch Lake...
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Ten Mile Lake 2.6 mi 5,080 208 ft
Fish Lake 2.9 mi 35 43 ft
Jackpine Lake 3.2 mi 160 6 ft
Stony Lake 3.5 mi 563 50 ft
Three Island Lake 3.6 mi 288 13 ft
Pleasant Lake 3.9 mi 1,099 72 ft
Variety Lake 4.2 mi 160 29 ft
Tripp Lake 4.4 mi 29 0 ft
Larson Lake 4.6 mi 194 73 ft
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