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LAKES

Le Sueur River Watershed - Lakes 

Click on the interactive map below to explore and learn more about lakes in the Le Sueur River Watershed.

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Lake Water Quality 

There are 72 lakes in the Watershed. Of these lakes, Reeds and St Olaf were found to be not impaired and fully supporting recreational use, both however do have an aquatic consumption impairment due to mercury in fish tissue. Eagle, Elysian, Freeborn, Madison, and Lura are impaired for impacts to aquatic recreation and aquatic life due to nutrients and fish bioassessments. The remaining lakes within the watershed had insufficient data to make a formal assessment. There are no known significant water control structures on area lakes and rivers, however, there are dams controlling the outlets on multiple lakes, such as Elysian, Buffalo, Silver, Eagle, Madison and Freeborn. Fish barriers are on the outlets of Freeborn Lake and Lake Elysian.

Largest Lakes in the Le Sueur River Watershed 
Title
Size
County
DNR Designation
DNR Lake Finder
Lura Lake
1,294.55
Blue Earth
Multiple
https://www.dnr.state.mn.us/lakefind/lake.html?id=07007900
Rice Lake
978.42
Faribault
Shoreland Agriculture - Faribault Co.
https://www.dnr.state.mn.us/lakefind/lake.html?id=22000700
Buffalo Lake
871.71
Waseca
Natural Environment
https://www.dnr.state.mn.us/lakefind/lake.html?id=81008300
Eagle Lake
715.89
Blue Earth
SL Class split - see subbasins
https://www.dnr.state.mn.us/lakefind/lake.html?id=81004400
Silver Lake
334.98
Waseca
Natural Environment
https://www.dnr.state.mn.us/lakefind/lake.html?id=81004400
Perch Lake
306.86
Blue Earth
Natural Environment
https://www.dnr.state.mn.us/lakefind/lake.html?id=07005800
Rice Lake
260.20
Blue Earth
Natural Environment
https://www.dnr.state.mn.us/lakefind/lake.html?id=22007500
Bass Lake
198.86
Faribault
Shoreland Residential - Faribault Co.
https://www.dnr.state.mn.us/lakefind/lake.html?id=22007400
Cottonwood Lake
195.15
Blue Earth
Natural Environment
https://www.dnr.state.mn.us/lakefind/lake.html?id=07002400
Reeds Lake
195.14
Waseca
Recreational Development
https://www.dnr.state.mn.us/lakefind/lake.html?id=81005500
St. Olaf Lake
88.98
Waseca
Recreational Development
https://www.dnr.state.mn.us/lakefind/lake.html?id=81012000
Madison Lake
1,389.10
Blue Earth
Recreational Development
https://www.dnr.state.mn.us/lakefind/lake.html?id=07004400
Minnesota Lake
1,914.14
Faribault
Multiple
https://www.dnr.state.mn.us/lakefind/lake.html?id=22003300
Freeborn Lake
2,001.27
Freeborn
Natural Environment
https://www.dnr.state.mn.us/lakefind/lake.html?id=24004400
Lake Elysian
2,183.81
Waseca
Recreational Development
https://www.dnr.state.mn.us/lakefind/lake.html?id=81009501