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Cottonwood Lake

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

How big is Cottonwood Lake?
Cottonwood Lake is approximately 133 sq acres (0.5 sq km) in size with 3 miles (4.5 km) of shoreline.

How deep is Cottonwood Lake?
Cottonwood Lake is approximately 42 feet (12.8 m) at its deepest point.

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

Other fish species in the lake include Golden Shiner and Hybrid Sunfish.

What are the closest cities to Cottonwood Lake?
Nearby cities and towns include Deer River, MN.

Are there places to stay in the Cottonwood 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! Cottonwood 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 Cottonwood Lake?
We know of 1 public boat launch on Cottonwood 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 Cottonwood 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

Cottonwood Lake is a class 28 lake located near Deer River, MN. Cottonwood Lake has one unnamed inlet that originates from a wetland and no outlets. There is a public access on the south side of the lake. The initial lake management plan established in 2009 indicates bluegill and black crappie as the primary species of management with northern pike as a secondary species. The 2013 assessment included additional sampling of near shore fish species in order to calculate an Index of Biotic Integrity (IBI) score and these data are documented in a separate report.

Black crappie catches were at a record high for Cottonwood Lake. The gill-net catch was 15.3 while the trap-net catch was 7.3 fish/net; both well above normal for this type of lake. The trap net sampled fish ranged from 4.3 to 9.8 inches and averaged 6.5 inches. The gill-net sampled fish had a similar size distribution. Seven age-classes from 2 to 8 years old were identified from scales. The 2010 year class dominated the sample, representing nearly half of the fish. Growth was poor compared to other class 28 lakes with fish averaging 8.1 inches after five years of growth.

Trap-net catch rates for bluegill were 29.8 fish/net; also a record high for Cottonwood Lake. Bluegill lengths ranged from 3.2 to 8.7 inches and averaged 6.1 inches. Ten age-classes were identified from scales ranging from age 2 to age 11. Growth rates were similar to other class 28 lakes but required more than seven years to attain 7.0 inches. Growth and potentially size structure was likely better when catches were lower.

The 2013 assessment was the first year that electrofishing was used to sample largemouth bass in Cottonwood Lake. The catch was 25.5 fish/hr of sampling. Largemouth bass ranged from 6.1 to 17.7 inches with an average length of 11.1 inches. Eight year-classes were identified from scales ranging from age 2 to age 10. Growth was similar to the statewide averages for all ages.

Northern pike gill-net catch rates have ranged from 9.5 to 16.8 fish/net since 1977. Although the 2013 catch was the lowest on record (9.5 fish/net), it remained above the lake class 3rd quartile. The gill net sampled fish had poor size structure, ranging from 17.3 to 29.1 inches with a mean length of 22.1 inches. Seven year-classes were identified from cliethra and scales ranging from age 2 to 9. Northern pike averaged 20.8 inches by age 4 which was similar to the statewide average of 20.5.

Other species observed during the population assessment included bowfin, golden shiner, hybrid sunfish, pumpkinseed sunfish, rock bass, yellow bullhead, and yellow perch. Additional species observed while sampling for IBI included banded killifish, blackchin shiner, central mudminnow, Iowa darter, Johnny darter, least darter, and longear sunfish.

In order to maintain or improve fish and wildlife populations, water quality and habitat must be protected. People often associate water quality problems with large-scale agricultural, forestry, urban development or industrial practices in the watershed. In reality, the impact of land use decisions on one lake lot may be relatively small, yet the cumulative impact of those decisions on many lake lots can result in a significant decline in water quality and habitat. For example, removing shoreline and aquatic vegetation, fertilizing lawns, mowing to the water's edge, installing beach sand blankets, failing septic systems and uncontrolled run-off, all contribute excess nutrients and sediment which degrade water quality and habitat. Understanding these cumulative impacts and taking steps to avoid or minimize them will help to insure our quality fisheries can be enjoyed by future generations.

What is the average air temp for Cottonwood Lake?
Looking forward to your next adventure at Cottonwood 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 64°F (18°C) to a low around 38°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 Cottonwood Lake?
Enjoy more of the outdoors with a visit to an area state park. There are 3 state parks in the vacinity of Cottonwood Lake.

For more Minnesota State Park information see our State Park Guide.

Cottonwood Lake Reviews
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troy p.
Chatham, IL
3 star rating
This lake has good pike action. Most are small, but don?t be surprised by a 8-12 pounder. Largemouth are good as well, with many in the 2-3 pound range. Been told it?s a great crappie lake, but only caught one, but was fishing for bass. Saw a 24 inch musky caught. So they are there. But, as close to Fawn Lake as it is. I would think this will happen more! Boat ramp is sand with concrete underwater. Easy in and out!
Reviewed Jul 24, 2018

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