Bower Lake

Itasca County - Minnesota
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Frequently Asked Questions About Bower Lake, MN

How big is Bower Lake?
Bower Lake is approximately 93 sq acres (0.4 sq km) in size with 2 miles (3.5 km) of shoreline.

How deep is Bower Lake?
Bower Lake is approximately 35 feet (10.7 m) at its deepest point with an average depth of 20 feet (6.1 m).

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

Other fish species in the lake include Blacknose Shiner, Central Mudminnow, Golden Shiner, Hybrid Sunfish, Iowa Darter, Johnny Darter, Tadpole Madtom and White Sucker.

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

Explore the Bower 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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History & Status of the Fishery

Bower Lake is a small, bass-panfish lake located in northeast Itasca County in the Mississippi River watershed. The lake has a surface area of 89 acres and a maximum depth of 35 feet. The primary management species are northern pike, largemouth bass, black crappie and bluegill.

The northern pike gill-net catch in 2010 was within the expected range at 3.0/net. This catch rate was similar to previous assessments and near the lake management plan goal of 3.5/net. Northern pike size structure was good. Sampled pike ranged from 25.0 to 30.6 inches, with a mean length of 27.3 inches. Ages 3 through 7 were represented in the sample. Mean length-at-age was above the statewide average for ages 3 through 5, and similar to the statewide average for all other ages. Northern pike reached 26.3 inches in 5 years.

Largemouth bass had been captured in previous test-nettings, but the lake was specifically sampled for bass with night electrofishing for the first time in 2010. This assessment resulted in a catch rate of 36.8 fish/hour of on-time. This was a moderate catch rate compared to other lakes in the area. Sampled largemouth bass had a relatively good size structure, with fish ranging from 5.7 to 19.1 inches and a mean length of 13.3 inches. Ages 2 through 10 were represented in the sample, with age 5 fish (2005 year class) making up 37% of the sample. Mean length-at-age was below the statewide average for ages 1 through 3, and similar to the statewide average for all other ages. Largemouth bass reached 15.1 inches in 6 years.

The gill-net catch for black crappie was within the expected range for this lake class at 3.0/net. The trap-net catch rate for crappie was above the normal range at 7.3/net. This was above the lake management plan goal of 4.0/net. As in previous assessments, black crappie size structure was poor. Only one crappie over 9 inches was captured. Trap-net sampled crappie ranged from 4.1 to 10.1 inches with a mean length of 6.8 inches. Ages 2 and 4 through 9 were represented in the sample, with 60% of fish attributed to the 2005 year class. Mean length-at-age was below the lake class average for all ages. Black crappie took 7 years to reach 8 inches.

The trap-net catch rate for bluegill was within the expected range for this lake class at 27.6/net. This catch rate was above the long-term average for the lake and above the management plan goal of 9.0/net. A similar trend of increasing bluegill abundance has been noted in other area lakes in recent years. Size structure was poor with no bluegill over 8 inches captured. Trap-net sampled bluegill ranged from 3.3 to 7.0 inches with a mean length of 4.7 inches. Ages 4 through 10 were represented, with age 4 and 5 fish making up 60% of the sample. Mean length-at-age was below the lake class average for ages 3 through 6, and similar to the lake class average for all other ages. Bluegill took 8 years to reach 6.1 inches.

The gill-net catch rate for yellow perch was near the lake class median at 5.8/net. This was an increase from the previous assessment when only three were sampled (0.8/net). Size structure of perch was poor with no fish over 7 inches in the sample.

Other species sampled in test nets included pumpkinseed, hybrid sunfish, golden shiner, white sucker and yellow bullhead. Near-shore IBI (Index of Biotic Integrity) sampling with a small-mesh seine and back-pack electrofishing was conducted in 2010 in an attempt to capture smaller fishes not normally encountered with standard sampling gear. Additional species captured in near-shore sampling included blackchin shiner, bluntnose minnow, central mudminnow, Johnny darter and tadpole madtom.

What is the average air temp for Bower Lake?
Looking forward to your next adventure at Bower 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 49°F (9°C) to a low around 26°F (-3°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 Bower Lake?
Enjoy more of the outdoors with a visit to an area state park. There are 3 state parks in the vacinity of Bower 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 Bower Lake...
Stingy Lake 1.2 mi 361 25 ft
O'Leary Lake 2.4 mi 140 14 ft
Buck Lake 4.3 mi 495 31 ft
West Lake 4.4 mi 76 25 ft
South Sturgeon Lake 4.7 mi 204 43 ft
Stuart Lake 5.5 mi 776 40 ft
Moran Lake 5.9 mi 88 30 ft
Wolf Lake 5.9 mi 197 6 ft
West Sturgeon Lake 5.9 mi 117 35 ft
Clearwater Lake 6.0 mi 72 30 ft
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