Cass Lake (04003000) is located at the town of Cass Lake in Beltrami County, Minnesota. Cass Lake has a surface area of 15,958 acres with a maximum depth of 120 feet. Water depth is dependent on two Mississippi River dams, upstream below Stump Lake and Knutson Dam at the outlet.
The Leech Lake Band of Chippewa Indians operate a commercial fishery on the Cass Lake chain for lake whitefish and tullibee. Fish Cass lake for burbot, lake whitefish, muskellunge, northern pike, pumpkinseed, rock bass, tullibee, walleye, white sucker, yellow bullhead, and yellow perch.
The Cass Lake Minnesota Chamber of Commerce holds an annual ice fishing tournament on the southwest corner of Cass Lake. The Cass Lake Fishing Challenge is a tradition that started many years ago where many Minnesotans gather around to ice fish, sometimes with wind chills of 40 degrees below.
Portable fish houses are allowed by The Cass Lake Minnesota Chamber of Commerce to help compensate for the cold weather and make ice fishing more enjoyable and attract more fishers. Included with the fishing challenge are prizes of all sorts.
About 20 minutes from Cass Lake, the International Eelpout Festival, located on Leech Lake, is one of the biggest events for ice fishing in Minnesota.
ANGLERS CAN REDUCE HEALTH RISKS BY FOLLOWING STATE GUIDELINES - DAILY NEWS
The contaminant found in that lake, and common throughout the state, is mercury. In comparison, for fish taken at Agate Lake in Cass County, its recommended women of child-bearing age and children under 15 eat only one meal per month of largemouth bass ... [ this story ] [ all the news ]
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|Reported at Bemidji, MN Mar 2 2015, 9:52 am CST|
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Cass Lake is a very well known and enjoyed lake among Minnesotans and travelling visitors. It is the largest of the eight lakes that make up the Cass Lake Chain of Lakes and the eighth largest lake in Minnesota. The lake has crystal clear waters and is surrounded by over 26 miles of lush forested shoreline and sandy beaches. Cass Lake is very popular among fishermen, carrying big trophy fish that top the 40-pound mark. Besides fishing, the lake also attracts visitors who enjoy swimming, boating, camping, and hiking.
The Cass Lake campground is part of the Norway Beach Recreation Area, and includes 23 available sites located right on the waters of Cass Lake. The campground is located in the Chippewa National Forest, and offers interpretive trails and a paved biking trail, boat ramps, and picnic sites. The camp sites are available to the public from late May to early September.
Available at the camp sites is a reservable picnic shelter, fire rings, firewood and recycling centers, and an RV dump station. The Norway Beach Visitor Center is a nice addition to the campground that is informational. Drinking water, showers, and flush toilets are also available. Red and white pines surround the campground, creating a genuine outdoors feel for campers. Since the camp sites are scattered along the shores of Cass Lake, fishing and swimming is accessible with ease.
Cass Lake is located in the heart of the amazing Chippewa National Forest. One of the most unique features of the Chippewa National Forest is Star Island. The island is the largest of four islands in Cass lake and holds it's own lake inside of it. Bald eagles favor Star Island over others because of the growth of old, large trees, and the peaceful surroundings. The Chippewa National Forest is in charge of maintaining more than three-fourths of the island, and also manages wildlife habitate projects, recreation developments, and timber harvests.
Another nearby attraction are the Cass Lake Museum and Lyle's Logging Camp, located off Cass Lake and are across the street from each other. The museums consist of six buildings that were built single-handed by a retired forester, Lyle Chisholm. The buildings are historically accurate and furnished just as they were in the early days. They contain original artifacts and replicas of instruments once used by loggers. The Cass Lake Museum was formerly a railroad depot, and contains many Native American and 1800's artifacts.
For those who don't want to sleep in a tent, or have a large party, but still want to have a nice camping experience, the Cass Lake Lodge campground and RV Park is the place for you. RV camp sites are full hookup spots with water, sewer, and electric. The camp sites are near the water, providing close access to the great views of Cass Lake, the beach, water activities, and a playground. Along with the RV Park, there are 14 cabins ranging between two bedroom to seven bedroom. Furnishings, appliances, and bedding is provided, so all that is needed are the towels and guests. Most cabin sites also include cable TV.
With a cabin rental, guests are able to enjoy access to the beach, the lodge, canoe, and paddle boat. Pets are welcome as long as they are leashed and picked up after. There are lots of activities at the Cass Lake Lodge like great food, volleyball, playing on the water trampolines, the game room, and enjoying a campfire with s'mores.
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