Otter Tail Lake (56024200) is located about seven miles east of Fergus Falls and three miles north of Battle Lake in Otter Tail County, Minnesota. Otter Tail Lake is part of the Otter Tail River chain of lakes. Rush, Big Pine, and Little Pine Lakes are located upstream and Deer, East Lost, and West Lost lakes are located downstream. Otter Tail Lake has a maximum depth of 120 feet, and a surface area of 13,725 acres. Water clarity is 10.5 ft.
The Minnesota DNR maintains three concrete public access ramps, on the east shoreline off County Hwy 78, on the west shoreline off County Hwy 72, and along the north shoreline off County Rd 1.
Otter Tail is a popular lake for both open water and winter fishing. Known primarily as a walleye lake, Otter Tail is also one of the few lakes in the area that supports a yellow perch fishery. Otter Tail Lake was stocked in 2011 with 1,044 lake sturgeon fingerlings and 5,258,000 walleye fry.
There are a number of fish varieties at Otter Tail Lake, including: bluegill, brown bullhead, common carp, lake sturgeon, northern pike, pumpkinseed sunfish, rock bass, shorthead redhorse, smallmouth bass, tullibee (cisco), walleye, white sucker, yellow bullhead, and yellow perch.
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|Reported at Wadena Municipal Airport, MN Dec 7 2016, 7:53 am CST|
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Otter Tail Lake is a pleasantly sized lake located in west-central Minnesota. The lake is part of the Otter Tail River chain of lakes, andthe tenth largest lake within the borders of Minnesota. Otter Tail Lake is known for having good water clarity and being bordered by an abundance of tall trees that seasonally transform to beautiful colors in the autumn.
The shore of the lake and shallower areas are composed of sand and gravel, and the surrounding trees act as a windbreak that keeps those shallow areas calm compared to the rest of the lake. Visitors love Otter Tail Lake for the great fishing, boating, and other water sports. Power boats, jet skis, and sailing are all common activities that are enjoyed during the warm seasons on Otter Tail lake.
There are two State Parks located near Otter Tail Lake that should be at the top of the list of places to explore.
The Maplewood State Park is located near Pelican Rapids, which is a short drive from Otter Tail Lake. The State Park is known for it's abundant hardwood trees such as sugar maple, American elm, oak, and basswood. This variety of trees provide a beautiful array of colors each autumn. The park is home to over 150 bird species, 50 species of mammals, 25 species of reptiles and amphibians, and a countless variety of wild plant life, making it paradise for nature trackers, bird watchers, and photographers. Maplewood State Park's extensive trail system is popular among hikers, cross-country skiers, and horseback riders.
The other park, Glendalough State Park, is located by Battle Lake and Otter Tail Lake. Glendalough State Park was officially declared a state park on Earth Day in 1992. The State Park offers fishing, camping, birding, hiking, and boating.
Glendalough offers three camp sites off the shores of Battle Lake. One site has four cabins, half with electricity, and there is a modern restroom facility with showers and plumbing. There are two group campsites that accommodate more than seven people. These sites are useful for large gatherings. There is also a canoe-in campground that is accessible both on and off the mainland. The perk about this site is that motorized boats are not allowed, so the site is very peaceful and quiet.
There is also a lodging option at the historic Glendalough Lodge that once housed former Presidents Dwight D. Eisenhower and Richard Nixon. Today, the Lodge is available for parties and family gatherings, and there is also conference centers in the State Park.
Otter Tail Lake is also surrounded by many towns with different exciting events and attractions for guests.
New York Mills is a small town located northeast of Otter Tail Lake. This town has many community events, a premier arts center, and parks with playgrounds. They host trade shows, Lund Mania Fishing Tournament and Summer Celebration, an Easter Egg Hunt, Halloween Parties, and Christmas Tree Festival.
Fergus Falls is known for it's agriculture industry. Ottertail has plenty of water activities and access to a handful of lakes, including Otter Tail Lake. Pelican Rapids is the gateway to Maplewood StatePark and home to the world's largest pelican. Perham has over 20 unique gift shops to visit. Richville is a great place to visit for it's network of trails that are well maintained and good for all seasons.
After travelling around and experiencing the nearby attractions, or enjoying the peaceful Otter Tail Lake, visitors are encouraged to stay at one of the many lodging options.
Otter Tail Beach Resort is located on Otter Tail Lake and is known for it's excellent seasonal fishing, boating, and nice sandy beaches for swimming and relaxing. There is a laundry facility available to all guests, where area information, games, puzzles, and books are also kept.
The resort consists of ten clean cabins with nice views of the lake. All cabins include air conditioning, kitchen and bedroom amenities, cable TV, screened-in porch and fireplace, and a charcoal grill. The cabins at Otter Tail Beach Resort are non-smoking.
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