In the Land of 10,000 Lakes, it’s hard for any one lake to stand out — but if you’re looking for clear lakes in Minnesota, the following most certainly fits the bill. Sure, the largest lakes are well-known places to go fishing or boating. But what about the smaller ones? Some are popular for their lakeside cabins or sandy beaches. Others, like Deer Lake, are known for their rich blue color. And still, others are known for their crystal-clear waters. Northern Minnesota’s Caribou Lake falls into this category. With depths of 140 feet and clarity of 40 feet, this beautiful body of water is the clearest lake in Minnesota. And because it’s not too far from Highway 61 on the North Shore, it’s easy to visit! Here’s what you need to know about the best lake in Minnesota, Caribou Lake:

Here is some stunning drone footage of Caribou Lake to get you excited to visit.

Have you been to Caribou Lake, the clearest lake in Minnesota? What other lakes with clear water in Minnesota do you know about? Please share in the comments!

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Where can I find the bluest water in Minnesota?


Deer Lake located in Itasca County 200 miles north of the Twin Cities is considered to have some of the bluest water in the state. It is also one of the state’s largest lakes with over 4,100 acres of water. With a combination of consistent water filling the lake from runoff and rainfall and the rich mineral content of the soil and rocks surrounding the lake, the water’s color is an incredible shade of turquoise. 

Are there any natural lazy rivers in Minnesota?

Are you looking for some outdoor adventures? Lazy rivers in Minnesota offer some wonderful fun as you relax and enjoy the scenery passing by.

  • In Detroit Lakes, rent a tube from K & K Tubing and take a two-hour ride along Otter Tail River with beautiful views. It's also a great place to go swimming.
  • The Platte River is a 55-mile tributary of the Mississippi River and provides serene water perfect for tubing.
  • Two Rivers Campground & Tubing in Royalton is located along the river and provides the tubes and shuttle service for a fun day out on the water. 


What places offer outdoor adventures in Minnesota?

Adventure can be found just about anywhere in Minnesota, it just depends on what you are looking for. You can enjoy: 

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