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Big Lake

St. Louis County - Minnesota
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Frequently Asked Questions About Big Lake, MN

How big is Big Lake?
Big Lake is approximately 808 sq acres (3.3 sq km) in size with 10 miles (15.8 km) of shoreline.

How deep is Big Lake?
Big Lake is approximately 30 feet (9.2 m) at its deepest point.

What kind of fish can you catch in Big Lake?
Although thery may be others but anglers can expect to find a variety of fish including Burbot, Northern Pike, Pumpkinseed, Rock Bass, Walleye and Yellow Perch in Big Lake.

Other fish species in the lake include White Sucker.

What are the closest cities to Big Lake?
Nearby cities and towns include Babbitt, MN.

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

Explore the Big 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

Big Lake (69-0050) also known as Devilfish, is located 13 miles east of Hoyt Lakes. The public access is via a 2.5 mile long hiking trail administered by the US Forest Service that starts at the Stone Lake access parking lot and goes northeast, crossing the railroad tracks as it approaches the southwest corner of Big Lake. At the time of this assessment the trail was not being maintained. Contact the US Forest Service Laurentian Ranger District (218-229-8800) for more information. This 805 acre lake is the headwater for the South Branch of the Partridge River. It has a maximum depth of 30.0 feet and the water color is brown. On July 16, 2013 the lake had a surface temperature of 72 F and a bottom temperature of 55 F. Oxygen levels were adequate for fish to a depth of 21.0 feet. Shoreline substrates consist of mostly boulder with some sand, gravel, and muck. The overall gillnet catch rate for all fish combined in this survey was 27 fish/gill net which is average for this lake. Fish species sampled were rock bass (55%), walleye (16%), northern pike (16%), yellow perch (12%), and white sucker (1%). Thirty-five walleye were caught in gill nets for a rate of 4.4 fish/net, just below the average compared to other similar lakes in the state. This is a lower catch rate than the two previous surveys that sampled walleye at 26.5 fish/net in 1988 and 8.8 fish/net in 1993. Fish ranged in size from 7.0 to 22.0 inches with an average of 12.5 inches. Growth rates for walleye in Big Lake were extremely slow when compared to other walleye lakes in the area. Ages ranged from 1 to 11 with 40% of the fish aged coming from the 2011 year class. Thirty-one percent of the walleye were infested with neascus (black spot). The northern pike gillnet catch was 4.3 fish/net which is above the average for similar lakes throughout the state. Lengths ranged from 12.0 to 36.0 inches with an average of 22.0 inches. Growth is slightly slower than other lakes with northern pike in them in the area. Ages ranged from 1 to 10. Twenty-six percent of the pike were infested with neascus (black spot). The yellow perch catch rate was 3.4 fish/net and is lower than other similar lakes throughout the state. Lengths ranged from 6.0 to 10.0 inches with an average of 7.0 inches. Rock bass numbers have increased over time with the 2013 catch setting the new high mark at 15.0 fish/gill net. This is much higher than other similar lakes in the state. The rock bass are also quite large with an average weight of 0.4 pound/fish. Lengths ranged from 4.0 to 10.0 inches with an average of 8.0 inches. The white sucker catch was the lowest recorded (0.4 fish/gill net) and are showing a declining trend through time. Lengths ranged from 14.0 to 19.0 inches with an average of 17.0 inches.

What is the average air temp for Big Lake?
Looking forward to your next adventure at Big 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 27°F (-3°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 Big Lake?
Enjoy more of the outdoors with a visit to an area state park. There are 1 state park in the vacinity of Big 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 Big Lake...
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Round Lake 4.0 mi 327 6 ft
Pine Lake 5.5 mi 450 14 ft
Cougar Lake 7.4 mi 68 3.5 ft
Sand Lake 9.2 mi 486 11 ft
Greenwood Lake 10.2 mi 1,329 7 ft
Iron Lake 10.7 mi 1,851 60 ft
Cadotte Lake 10.8 mi 294 18 ft
Bassett Lake 11.4 mi 403 21 ft
Stony Lake 12.8 mi 249 4 ft
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