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Bear Lake

Lake County - Minnesota
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Frequently Asked Questions About Bear Lake, MN

How big is Bear Lake?
Bear Lake is approximately 18 sq acres (0.1 sq km) in size with 1 miles (1.1 km) of shoreline.

How deep is Bear Lake?
Bear Lake is approximately 69 feet (21.0 m) at its deepest point with an average depth of 27 feet (8.2 m).

What kind of fish can you catch in Bear Lake?
Although thery may be others but anglers can expect to find a variety of fish including Lake Trout and Rainbow Trout in Bear Lake.

Other fish species in the lake include Brook Stickleback, Fathead Minnow, Finescale Dace, Iowa Darter, Splake and White Sucker.

What are the closest cities to Bear Lake?
Nearby cities and towns include Silver Bay, MN, Beaver Bay, MN and Finland, MN.

Are there places to stay in the 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! 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 places to eat and drink near Bear 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

Bear Lake is characterized as a lake class 4 lake and is located one mile northwest of Silver Bay in the Lake Superior Watershed. The lake lies within a portion of Tettegouche State Park that allows hunting, ATVs, snowmobiles and outboard motors. Public access is a 0.2 mile portage trail from Bean Lake on the southwest portion of the lake. A second access is the Superior Hiking Trail which traverses city and state land on the ridge along the south side of the lake. There is a small user developed trail to the northeast end of the lake where there is a campsite with two areas to set up tents. The lake is 17 acres, with a maximum depth of 69 feet; the water is very clear with a light green tint. A lake water sample was collected and analyzed, indicating very soft water of low fertility with a total alkalinity of 15 and total phosphorus of 0.010. Boulder and rubble are very common shoreline substrate, while gravel, sand, muck and detritus rare in occurrence. Vegetation is very rare, horsetail is the only emergent all others are terrestrial bog species. No submersed vegetation was observed. One outlet exits on the south end near the access, flowing into Bean Lake.

The 2013 Lake Trout catch of 0.67/lift was below average for this type of lake class. The average weight of 7.11 pounds greatly exceeds average. Two fish were sampled, one 7 pounds the other nearly 7.5 pounds. Lake Trout appear to be naturally reproducing in low numbers as the last stocking occurred in 1970.

The 2013 Splake catch of 12.67/lift was above average compared to other Splake lakes in the Finland Area and was the highest catch on record. Average weight of 0.60 pounds is average by Finland Area standards. Splake fingerlings are stocked in odd numbered years.

The 2013 White Sucker catch of 6/lift was about average for the lake class. Average weight of 0.14 pounds is much smaller than average. The historic catch has been similar with average numbers of small fish. Brook Stickleback, Fathead Minnow, Finescale Dace and Iowa Darter were also sampled in minnow traps.

Bear Lake gets a fair amount of use because of its close proximity to Silver Bay, especially in the winter. It is highly regarded for its natural beauty and is a destination for people using the Superior Hiking Trail.

What is the average air temp for Bear Lake?
Looking forward to your next adventure at 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 24°F (-4°C) to a low around 3°F (-16°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 Bear Lake?
Enjoy more of the outdoors with a visit to an area state park. There are 3 state parks in the vacinity of 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 Bear Lake...
Bean Lake 0.5 mi 31 26 ft
Lax Lake 2.3 mi 295 35 ft
Tetagouche Lake 2.5 mi 67 20 ft
Micmac Lake 3.0 mi 137 20 ft
Bear Lake 3.2 mi 44 31 ft
Nicado Lake 3.5 mi 14 18 ft
Nipisiquit Lake 3.6 mi 59 21 ft
Johnson Lake 6.4 mi 36 24 ft
Leskinen Lake 7.6 mi 33 4 ft
Kangas Lake 8.1 mi 22 5 ft
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