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Bingham Lake

Cottonwood County - Minnesota
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Frequently Asked Questions About Bingham Lake, MN

How big is Bingham Lake?
Bingham Lake is approximately 270 sq acres (1.1 sq km) in size with 3 miles (5.1 km) of shoreline.

How deep is Bingham Lake?
Bingham Lake is approximately 10 feet (3.1 m) at its deepest point with an average depth of 8 feet (2.4 m).

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

Other fish species in the lake include Fathead Minnow, Green Sunfish, Hybrid Sunfish, Johnny Darter, Orangespotted Sunfish and White Sucker.

What are the closest cities to Bingham Lake?
Nearby cities and towns include Windom, MN and Mountain Lake, MN.

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

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History & Status of the Fishery

Bingham Lake is a 274-acre lake located near the City of Bingham Lake in Cottonwood County. Bingham Lake has a maximum depth of 10.0 feet, a shoreline length of 3.2 miles, and is a class 43 lake. The Cottonwood County Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) applied for a Clean Water Partnership grant with the Pollution Control Agency in 2010 but was unsuccessful. We will continue to encourage and work with the SWCD to apply for the grant again in 2011. The lake is managed primarily for walleye while largemouth bass, yellow perch, channel catfish, black crappie, and northern pike are managed secondarily. Bingham has been treated annually for several years with copper sulphate to control algae blooms. There was a die-off of algae resulting in low oxygen levels due to the decomposition of the algae during the summer of 2008 causing a fairly significant summerkill on the lake. Oxygen levels were below 2 parts per million (ppm) and numerous dead walleye, channel catfish, and fathead minnows were observed.

The walleye population has recovered from the summerkill in 2008. Walleye numbers are higher than they have ever been on Bingham Lake since we have been doing population assessments on the lake. The walleye gill net catch rate was 32.0 compared to 3.7 in 2006 and 1.3 in 2002. No walleye were sampled when we did a special survey in 2008 to assess the extent of the summerkill. The walleye sampled in 2010 had total lengths ranging from 12.3 to 18.2 inches, with an average length of 15.9 inches. The majority of fish were in the 15 to 18 inch range. The fishery will likely provide some good fishing for walleye in the next few years.

The yellow perch population is also doing very well in Bingham Lake. The gill net catch rate of 20.5 fish per net was down slightly from the survey in 2006, but considered very good for lakes similar to Bingham Lake. Lengths of yellow perch caught in our gill nets in 2010 ranged from 9.1 to 12.2 inches and averaged 10.9 inches. Many of the yellow perch were in the 11 to 12 inch range. These sizes of fish are highly desirable for anglers.

Black crappie numbers are up some when compared to the other fish surveys done on Bingham Lake and are about what we would expect for lakes similar to Bingham. Lengths of black crappie caught in gill nets ranged from 4.6 to 10.8 inches and had an average length of 8.4 inches.

Black bullhead have provided excellent fishing opportunities in the past on Bingham Lake and based on our fish survey results, should provide excellent opportunities in the future. Good numbers of large black bullhead were caught in our nets in 2010. Lengths of black bullhead caught in trap nets ranged from 6.1 to 15.4 inches and averaged 11.3 inches. The majority of black bullhead caught were in the 11 to 13 inch range. The summerkill in 2008 had little effect on the black bullhead population.

Other fish sampled during the fish survey included bigmouth buffalo, channel catfish, common carp, pumpkinseed, fathead minnow, orangespotted sunfish, and johnny darter.

To maintain a healthy fishery in Bingham Lake; we need to promote Best Management Practices (BMP's) within the watershed to help reduce nutrients entering the lake. High nutrients and sediments in a lake can cause algae blooms and reduce water clarity.

What is the average air temp for Bingham Lake?
Looking forward to your next adventure at Bingham 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 30°F (-1°C) to a low around 13°F (-11°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 Bingham Lake?
Enjoy more of the outdoors with a visit to an area state park. There are 1 state park in the vacinity of Bingham 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 Bingham Lake...
Eagle Lake 2.8 mi 105 8 ft
Cottonwood Lake 3.9 mi 155 10 ft
Summit Lake 4.6 mi 64 10 ft
Wolf Lake 4.9 mi 61 0 ft
Fish Lake 5.2 mi 297 26 ft
Mountain Lake 5.3 mi 220 8 ft
Arnold's Lake 7.2 mi 48 13 ft
String Lake 8.6 mi 336 0 ft
Lake Independence 10.9 mi 99 10 ft
Timber Lake 11.0 mi 191 8 ft
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