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Minnesota's largest lakes, by the numbers

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Lake of the Woods. Photo: Dennis Anderson/Star Tribune via Getty Images

As the land of (more than) 10,000 lakes, Minnesota boats some of the largest freshwater lakes in the country.

Of course, there is Lake Superior, the largest freshwater lake in the world at 20 million acres, which we share with Wisconsin, Michigan and Canada.

  • Lake of the Woods is also massive, at 950,000 acres. We share that one with Canada, too.

By the numbers: Here are the 10 largest lakes completely inside of state boundaries, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.

  • Upper and Lower Red Lake — 288,800 acres
  • Mille Lacs Lake — 132,516 acres
  • Leech Lake — 111,527 acres
  • Lake Winnibigoshish — 58,544 acres
  • Lake Vermilion — 40,557 acres
  • Lake Kabetogama — 25,760 acres
  • Mud Lake (Marshall County) — 23,700 acres
  • Cass Lake — 15,596 acres
  • Lake Minnetonka — 14,004 acres
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