How Many Lakes Does Minnesota Actually Have?

Although nicknames the “Land of 10,000 Lakes, the state has 11,842 lakes that are 10 acres or larger according to Minnesota’s Department of Natural Resources. Depending on the definition used to measure a lake, the number can go up, due to including lakes that are smaller than 10 acres. On top of the lakes, there are another 6,500 miles of rivers and streams.

Thanks to all of the lakes and waterways in the state, one of its prime money sources is tourism and fishing. The lakes are well known for their high fish population. It is one of the best states to fish for walleye, pike, muskie and bass. With the high number of lakes in the state, the names of many are repeated, so a map or checking with locals may be needed to find your way to the exact lake that you are looking for.