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Water resources of the Rainy Lake watershed, northeastern Minnesota

Hydrologic Atlas 556

Prepared in cooperation with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, Division of Waters, Soils, and Minerals
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Abstract

The watershed includes 1,481 lakes that are 10 acres (4 square hectometers) or larger (Minnesota Division of Waters, Soils, and Minerals, 1968). The area of these lakes total about 435,000 acres (176,000 hm2) or 15 percent of the watershed. Most of the lakes are smaller than 250 acres (101 hm2) (graph); data pertaining to selected large lakes are given in the table below.

More than 60 percent of the lakes larger than 10 acres (4 hm2) are in the BWCA. The primitive character of the BWCA is maintained in accordance with the Wilderness Act of September 3, 1964. Most lakes not in the BWCA were assigned a Public Waters Classification by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, based upon the suitability of the lake for future shoreland development (unpublished data from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources). “Natural environment” is most restrictive and “general development” least restrictive with respect to development standards. About 80 percent of lakes classified in the watershed have been designated “natural environment.”

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Additional publication details

Publication type:
Report
Publication Subtype:
USGS Numbered Series
Title:
Water resources of the Rainy Lake watershed, northeastern Minnesota
Series title:
Hydrologic Atlas
Series number:
556
Year Published:
1976
Language:
English
Publisher:
U.S. Geological Survey
Publisher location:
St. Paul, MN
Contributing office(s):
Minnesota Water Science Center
Description:
2 Plates: 55.73 x 34.50 inches
Country:
United States
State:
Minnesota
Other Geospatial:
Rainy Lake watershed
Scale:
1000000
Online Only (Y/N):
N
Additional Online Files (Y/N):
N