Red Lake (Minnesota)

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Red Lake
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Lakes in Northern Minnesota
LocationBeltrami County, Minnesota,
United States
Coordinates48°04′25″N 95°01′44″W / 48.0735°N 95.0290°W / 48.0735; -95.0290Coordinates: 48°04′25″N 95°01′44″W / 48.0735°N 95.0290°W / 48.0735; -95.0290
Basin countriesUnited States
Surface area1,106 square kilometers (427 sq mi)
Surface elevation1,175 feet (358 m)

Red Lake (translated from the Ojibwe language Miskwaagamiiwi-zaaga'igan: Lake with its liquid [water] be colored red) is a lake in Beltrami County in northern Minnesota.

It is the largest natural freshwater lake located entirely within Minnesota,[1] and the 16th largest lake in the United States; the lake is separated into two sections by a peninsula on the eastern side that almost bisects it in the middle. The community of Ponemah lies on the peninsula; the two parts of the lake are known as Upper Red Lake and Lower Red Lake. Lower Red Lake lies entirely within the Red Lake Indian Reservation. Total size is 440 square miles, with a maximum depth of 84 feet; the elevation of the lake is maintained by a dam at the outflow that is the beginning of Red Lake River, this being at the middle, western edge of Lower Red Lake.


Species of fish present in Red Lake include bigmouth buffalo, black bullhead, black crappie, bluegill, brown bullhead, burbot, freshwater drum, golden redhorse, goldeye, lake whitefish, lake sturgeon, largemouth bass, northern pike, quillback, rock bass, shorthead redhorse, walleye, white sucker, and yellow perch.[2]


  1. ^ Lakes Archived 2008-09-16 at the Wayback Machine, United States Department of the Interior, Retrieved March 8, 2012
  2. ^ "Red (Upper Red)". Fish Species. Minnesota DNR. Retrieved 27 June 2019.