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Lake of the Woods

General Information

Country Canada
United States of America
Latitude 49° 5' 0" (49.0833)
Longitude -95° 0' 0" (-95.0000)
State Minnesota
River Basin Nelson-Saskatchewan

Physical Characteristics

Surface Area 1,900.00 km2
Origin Glacial


Economic Value
Major Cities

Watershed Management


Biodiversity Conservation

Species of Concern


Minnesota Lakes Association
Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, Lake Programs



Crop Explorer - Global Reservoir and Lake Elevation Monitoring
Crop Explorer - Lake Level Variations from TOPEX/POSEIDON and Jason-1 Altimetry for Lake of the Woods
Frequently asked questions about lake sturgeon management on Minnesota-Canada border waters
Lake Of The Woods Advisory Number 4845
Minnesota Lake Finder
Minnesota statute on protected flows
Minnesota Water Statutes and Rules
Nelson River Basin map & information

Additional Data Sources

Birkett, C., and I. Mason. 1995. A new global lakes database for remote sensing programme studying climatically sensitive large lakes. Journal of Great Lakes Research, 21 (3) 307-318.
US EPA (2004) National Listing of Fish Advisories Database

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