Frequently Asked Questions

How long and wide is Lake Mille Lacs?
Lake Mille Lacs, Minnesota's second-largest lake, spans 132,000 surface acres or slightly more than 200 square miles. Maximum depths barely exceed 40 feet, while much of the main lake falls into the 20 to 38 foot depth ranges.1

How was Mille Lacs Lake created?
It is considered a Moraine Lake. It was formed as a result of two separate glacial lobes. Lake Mille Lacs was formed about 15,000 years ago near the end of the last Wisconsin glaciation. A long tongue-shaped lobe of ice called the Superior Lobe flowed into the area from the northeast.2

What is the meaning of Mille Lacs?
Mille Lacs Lake (also called Lake Mille Lacs or Mille Lacs) is a large but shallow lake in the U.S. state of Minnesota. It is located in the counties of Mille Lacs, Aitkin, and Crow Wing, roughly 100 miles north of the Minneapolis-St. Paul metropolitan area. Mille Lacs means "thousand lakes" in French.3