What Are Some Major Lakes in Minnesota?


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The five largest lakes in Minnesota are Red Lake, Mille Lacs Lake, Leech Lake, Lake Winnibigoshish and Lake Vermilion. Other major lakes include Lake Kabetogama, Lake Minnetonka and Otter Tail Lake. Lake Superior of the Great Lakes is partially located within the borders of Minnesota.

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Red Lake is the largest lake in Minnesota. At 288,800 acres, it is also the second-largest lake entirely within the borders of the United States.

Leech Lake, located in the Chippewa National Forest, is 111,527 acres, making it the third largest inland lake in the state. Lake Winnibigoshish, which is 58,544 acres, is also located in the Chippewa National Forest. Ninety-five percent of the shoreline surrounding it is undeveloped.

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