The land of 10,000 lakes actually has 11,842 lakes that are 10 acres or larger in siz.
How are lakes defined in Minnesota?
A lake may be defined as an enclosed basin filled or partly filled with water. A lake may have an inlet and/or an outlet stream, or it may be completely enclosed (landlocked). Generally, a lake is an area of open, relatively deep water that is large enough to produce a wave-swept shore.
Lakes provide a vital habitat for fish and wildlife, as well as a place for people to fish, hunt, trap, boat, and swim. However, other important benefits provided by these waters are less obvious: