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Garfield Lake

Hubbard 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 Garfield Lake, MN

How big is Garfield Lake?
Garfield Lake is approximately 960 sq acres (3.9 sq km) in size with 7 miles (10.8 km) of shoreline.

How deep is Garfield Lake?
Garfield Lake is approximately 32 feet (9.8 m) at its deepest point with an average depth of 15 feet (4.6 m).

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

Other fish species in the lake include Banded Killifish, Blacknose Shiner, Bluntnose Minnow, Golden Shiner, Iowa Darter, Johnny Darter, Mimic Shiner, Tadpole Madtom and White Sucker.

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

Garfield Lake area businesses:
Please check out these local businesses in the Garfield 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 Garfield Lake?
Yes, you can find numerous options in the area. Click the button below to see what's nearby.

What are the fishing regulations for Garfield Lake?
Minnesota Department of Natural Resources There are specific fishing regulations Garfield Lake that you need to know. For complete fishing regulations visit the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. To report a violation call (800) 652-9093. Need a Minnesota fishing license?

Explore the Garfield 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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What aquatic invasive species are found in Garfield Lake?
There are some aquatic invasive species found in Garfield 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

Garfield Lake is located in Laporte, in northeastern Hubbard County. Garfield has a surface area of 960 acres and a maximum depth of 32 feet. A city owned public access is located on the southwest shore of the lake. The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has classified Minnesota's lakes into 43 different types based on physical, chemical, and other characteristics. Garfield is in lake class 27. Class 27 lakes generally are very large, deep, with a regular shape and hard water. Other class 27 lakes in the Park Rapids area include: Fish Hook, Lake George and Upper Bottle.
Walleye abundance was slightly lower than past surveys, but has been consistent with similar lakes. Many Walleyes are a great size for anglers of 12-17 inches. The average length was 14.5 inches, with the largest sampled at 20 inches. Yellow Perch are important forage for Walleyes and Northern Pike, and the numbers were in line with similar lakes and past surveys of Garfield Lake. The average size was small at 6.3 inches, with few perch over 8 inches.
Northern Pike numbers have been above the normal range for similar lakes, and were again in 2015. The average size was 19.9 inches and 1.6 lbs, and has been steady since 1995 at 19-21 inches.
Angling for panfish is popular on Garfield Lake. Only two Black Crappies were sampled, but this is similar to past surveys. The fish that were sampled were great size for anglers, both over 10 inches in length. Bluegills and Pumpkinseeds were sampled in slightly lower numbers than recent years. Most sunfish were 3.5-6.5 inches, with fish up to 8.8 inches.
Largemouth Bass were sampled in higher numbers than previous years. The average size was 13.7 inches, with fish sampled up to 17 inches.
Currently no aquatic invasive species (AIS) have been identified in Garfield. 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.

What is the average air temp for Garfield Lake?
Looking forward to your next adventure at Garfield 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 28°F (-2°C) to a low around 10°F (-12°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 Garfield Lake?
Enjoy more of the outdoors with a visit to an area state park. There are 3 state parks in the vacinity of Garfield 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 Garfield Lake...
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Swamp Lake 4.9 mi 600 36 ft
Steamboat Lake 4.9 mi 1,756 93 ft
Lester Lake 5.6 mi 72 40 ft
Bass Lake 5.9 mi 21 30 ft
2nd Little Gulch Lake 6.0 mi 19 41 ft
Gulch 2 Lake 6.0 mi 13 41 ft
Lake Twentyone 6.3 mi 36 51.5 ft
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