Boxell Lake is a 60-acre lake located near Longville, MN that has 2.14 miles of shoreline and a maximum depth of 27 ft. There is user-developed access on the southwest shore of the lake. The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (MNDNR) has classified Minnesota lakes into 43 different classes based on physical, chemical and other characteristics. Boxell Lake is in Lake Class 36; lakes in this class are generally small with a very high percentage of shallow water area.
Abundance of Northern Pike in Boxell Lake compared favorably to other lakes in this class. Average weight of northern pike found in the 2014 assessment was about 3 pounds, and fish up to 35 inches were sampled. The number of Black Crappie collected in DNR test nets was similar to the number commonly found in this lake class. Black Crappie had an average length of almost 7 inches, and fish up to 11 inches were found. Few Largemouth Bass were found, however sampled fish ranged from 5 to 17 inches. Bluegill caught in DNR test nets averaged about 6 inches, with fish up to 8 inches sampled. Pumpkinseeds are also available in the lake for sunfish anglers. Abundance of Yellow Perch was similar to other lakes in this class. Average size for this species was around 7 inches, and fish over 9 inches were present.
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 no aquatic invasive species (AIS) have been identified in Boxell 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.