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Black Bear Lake

Crow Wing County - Minnesota
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Frequently Asked Questions About Black Bear Lake, MN

How big is Black Bear Lake?
Black Bear Lake is approximately 215 sq acres (0.9 sq km) in size with 4 miles (5.6 km) of shoreline.

How deep is Black Bear Lake?
Black Bear Lake is approximately 48 feet (14.6 m) at its deepest point.

What kind of fish can you catch in Black Bear 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 Black Bear Lake.

Other fish species in the lake include Banded Killifish, Blackchin Shiner, Blacknose Shiner, Bluntnose Minnow, Central Mudminnow, Cisco (Tullibee), Common Shiner, Golden Shiner, Green Sunfish, Hybrid Sunfish, Iowa Darter, Johnny Darter, Least Darter, Pugnose Shiner and White Sucker.

Are there fishing guides or charters for Black Bear Lake?
Yes! There are fishing guides and charters for Black Bear Lake and/or the surrounding area.

What are the closest cities to Black Bear Lake?
Nearby cities and towns include Ironton, MN, Crosby, MN and Cuyuna, MN.

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

What aquatic invasive species are found in Black Bear Lake?
There are some aquatic invasive species found in Black Bear Lake including zebra mussel.

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

Black Bear Lake is a fair distance from any major roads and the long access road in probably discourages many non-local anglers from fishing this lake. Development on the lake is restricted to the north and south ends of the lake, while State and County land preserves much of the lake as undeveloped. The aquatic plant community, which grew to a depth of 18 feet in 1998, is fairly diverse. These plants are extremely important to maintaining a healthy aquatic environment. Emergent plants, like bulrush, cattail and wild rice, which are quite numerous, are important for shoreline protection, regulating nutrient levels, and they provide essential spawning habitat for northern pike, bass and panfish. Submerged plants provide food and cover needed by fish and other aquatic species.

The two most abundant species in 2010 were largemouth bass, which were sampled by electrofishing, and tullibee (cisco). Both were caught in high numbers. Average size of the bass was 11.5" and 43% were 12" or larger. Tullibees are an important forage fish for the northern pike in the lake. Average size of the tullibee was 12.4". Even with abundant tullibee, the northern pike population was just average and size was on the small side, with an average length of only 18.6". Black crappies, which were seen in decent numbers while electrofishing for bass in the spring, weren't sampled well in nets.

Other fish species sampled included bluegill, bowfin (dogfish), brown bullhead, green sunfish, hybrid sunfish, pumpkinseed, rock bass, white sucker, yellow bullhead, and yellow perch. Various minnow species were also sampled while backpack electrofishing and seining, including a pugnose shiner, which is a species of concern.

What is the average air temp for Black Bear Lake?
Looking forward to your next adventure at Black Bear 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 68°F (20°C) to a low around 45°F (7°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 Black Bear Lake?
Enjoy more of the outdoors with a visit to an area state park. There are 4 state parks in the vacinity of Black Bear 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 Black Bear Lake...
Miller Lake 0.7 mi 105 35 ft
Half Moon Lake 1.4 mi 42 23 ft
Pascoe Lake 2.0 mi 68 12 ft
Lower Mission Lake 2.4 mi 725 27 ft
Portage Lake 2.5 mi 76 31 ft
June Lake 2.6 mi 100 51 ft
Little Rabbit Lake 2.7 mi 172 30 ft
Fawn Lake 2.8 mi 121 24 ft
Mahnomen Lake 3.1 mi 238 25 ft
Upper Mission Lake 3.2 mi 874 36 ft
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