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Bowen Lake

Cass County - Minnesota
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Frequently Asked Questions About Bowen Lake, MN

How big is Bowen Lake?
Bowen Lake is approximately 182 sq acres (0.7 sq km) in size with 2 miles (3.7 km) of shoreline.

How deep is Bowen Lake?
Bowen Lake is approximately 25 feet (7.6 m) at its deepest point.

What kind of fish can you catch in Bowen 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 Bowen Lake.

Other fish species in the lake include Cisco (Tullibee), Hybrid Sunfish, Shorthead Redhorse and White Sucker.

What are the closest cities to Bowen Lake?
Nearby cities and towns include Backus, MN, Pine River, MN and Hackensack, MN.

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

Explore the Bowen Lake area in a RV
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What aquatic invasive species are found in Bowen Lake?
There are some aquatic invasive species found in Bowen 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

Bowen Lake is a 176-acre lake located about one mile southeast of Backus, Minnesota. There is a Minnesota DNR-owned public access on the south shore about 0.5 miles east of State Highway 371. The DNR has classified Minnesota's lakes into 43 different classes based on physical, chemical and other characteristics. Bowen Lake is in Lake Class 31. Lakes in this class are generally clear, moderately productive, and moderately deep. Other local waters in this classification include Child, Widow, and Five Point Lakes. The lake is primarily managed for Northern Pike, Largemouth Bass, Bluegill, and Black Crappie, with secondary management species being Tullibee (Cisco), Yellow Perch, and Walleye.
Northern Pike are abundant in Bowen Lake. The average length of Northern Pike sampled in 2014 was about 21 inches; however fish up to almost 34 inches were present. Few Largemouth Bass were sampled in DNR test nets in 2014, though fish over 18 inches were found. The number of Bluegill and Black Crappie sampled was low compared to previous surveys and compared to other area lakes in this Class. The average size of Bluegill was almost 7 inches, and the average Black Crappie was just under 11 inches. The number of Walleye sampled in Bowen Lake compared favorably with other Lake Class 31 waters. Sizes ranged from 8 to 20 inches with the mean length being 13 inches. The number of Yellow Perch found in 2014 was similar to other lakes in Lake Class 31, however most fish sampled were relatively small. Tullibee (Cisco) abundance in Bowen Lake was comparable to other Lake Class 31 waters, and Tullibee from 6 to 20 inches were present. Both Yellow Perch and Tullibee provide an important food source for Northern Pike and Walleye.
Other species found in Bowen Lake in 2014 were Bowfin, Pumpkinseed Sunfish, 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 there are no aquatic invasive species (AIS) that have been identified in Bowen Lake. 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 Bowen Lake?
Looking forward to your next adventure at Bowen 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 24°F (-4°C) to a low around 3°F (-16°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 Bowen Lake?
Enjoy more of the outdoors with a visit to an area state park. There are 1 state park in the vacinity of Bowen Lake.

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

More Nearby Lakes To Explore
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Sanborn Lake 2.3 mi 220 48 ft
Brockway Lake 2.7 mi 180 17 ft
Fawn Lake 2.8 mi 46 29 ft
Johnson Lake 3.0 mi 90 55 ft
Horseshoe Lake 3.0 mi 260 51 ft
Rainy Lake 3.1 mi 129 29 ft
Boot Lake 3.4 mi 47 14 ft
Island Lake 3.4 mi 93 14 ft
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