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Turtle Lake is located north of Highway 96, west of Hodson Road (MN. 49).

Species Present:

Walleye: above average abundance, average size.
Northern Pike: above average abundance, smaller than average size.
Largemouth Bass:average abundance, above average size.
Sunfish species: above average abundance, smaller than average size.
Crappie: below average abundance, above average size.
Bullhead species low abundance, average size.
Yellow Perch: low abundance, small size.

Boat Access:

The county owned access to this lake is located at the south east corner of the lake in Turtle Lake County Park. This is a very popular lake and the access is often full on weekends.

Shore Fishing:

Shore anglers may fish from shore in the area between the county beach and the boat ramp. However, this area of the lake is very shallow and sandy and anglers cannot be expected to be very successful here.

Special Regulation:

This lake has a special regulation which prohibits the harvest of largemouth bass. All bass caught must be returned immediately to the water. The regulation is hoped to increase the number of larger bass in the lake.

Management Plans:

  1. Re-survey in 2012. Population assessment in 2018.
  2. Stock 490,000 walleye fry (2,000 per littoral acre) in even numbered years.

Exotic Species Alert:

This lake contains Eurasian water milfoil. Remove all visible plant material from your boat, trailer and other boating equipment before leaving the lake.


Turtle Lake is a very popular bass lake. Bass fishing is good, with occasional trophy fish encountered. Sunfish in this lake are small. Walleye were introduced to provide additional angling opportunities, and appear to be doing well.

Water quality is good – the best in Ramsey County and among the best in the area. As a result, this lake is very popular with recreational boaters. Due to the recreational use, anglers may be affected by conflicts with water skiers and other recreational boaters.

(information from MN DNR)