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Maple Lake
About the Development
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Maple Lake Estates is a beautiful development on Maple Lake near Forada, MN. We have lots ranging from $119,900 to $199,900. These lots are wooded with gorgeous lakeshore. Maple Lake is a smaller lake, great for building a cozy cabin or wonderful house. The lake offers plenty of room for recreational purposes and a nice bay for quiet fishing. The lake is also known for its 4th of July parade and private fireworks display. Click on the Blue Spruce Development logo to find the plat layout. Please contact us with any questions you may have about this development via email, or call Ben at 320-760-1712.
   
     
Maple Lake Plot Layout
   
     

Maple Lake:
 

Blue Spruce Development has several  lake lots left  on Lake Ida I ranging from $89,000 to $200,000. Maple Lake is an 815-acre mesotrophic (moderately fertile) lake located between Alexandria and Glenwood in west-central Minnesota. It is connected to lakes Reno and Turtle by non-navigable culverts under State Hwy 29. Maximum depth is listed as 78 feet, however about 50% of the lake is 15 feet or less. These shallow areas support a diverse aquatic plant community. Aquatic plants are especially dense in the shallow bays in the southwest portion of the lake. Large beds of hardstem bulrush are present in shallow, sandy areas. These aquatic plants provide critical spawning and cover habitat for many fish species. Aquatic vegetation also helps to maintain water quality by competing with algae for the available nutrients in the lake.
Water quality and clarity are excellent on Maple Lake. Seechi disk transparency usually exceeds 9 feet during the summer months. The lake has a relatively small watershed. Surface water inflows are somewhat limited. Lakeshore residents can help to maintain water quality by limiting alterations to the shoreline and near shore vegetation. A buffer strip of native vegetation between your yard and the lakeshore can minimize unwanted sediment and nutrients from entering the lake.
Maple Lake supports a quality and diverse fish community. It is known for abundant, but slow growing northern pike, bluegill, and largemouth bass. Average sizes of these species tend to be small because of the slow growth. Most of the northern pike sampled in 2003 were 16 to 22 inches in length and average weight was 1.4 pounds. The mean weight of largemouth bass sampled was 0.8 pounds and few fish were 14 inches or greater. The present size structure of the bluegill population should provide some quality angling opportunities. About 80% of the fish captured in trap nets were 6 inches or greater. Black crappie are also an important component of the fishery in Maple Lake. Research studies demonstrated that excessive harvest of larger individuals was having a negative effect on size structure. A 10-inch experimental minimum length limit was imposed in 1997 to reduce this harvest and increase the size structure of the population. Evaluations are continuing to determine the effectiveness of the experimental regulation.
Walleye are also relatively abundant. Gill net catches averaged about 10 fish/net, which meets the goal stated in the Lake Management Plan. Mean weight of fish captured was one pound. Two and three-year-old fish comprised most of the fish captured. Two-year olds correspond to a year of no stocking and three-year-old fish correspond to a year of fingerling stocking in 2000. Fingerlings are stocked in even number years to increase walleye abundance. The effectiveness of fingerling stocking in Maple Lake is unclear. Natural reproduction or immigration of fish from Lake Reno have likely produced the largest year classes and resulted in the highest gill net catches in recent years.

Nearest Town: FORADA
Primary County: Douglas
Survey Date: 06/09/2003
Inventory Number: 21-0079-00

Buy your walleye stamp todayPurchase a walleye stamp. Your voluntary contribution will be used to support walleye stocking.

Public Access Information


Ownership

Type

Description

Minnesota DNR

Concrete

LOCATED ON THE NORTH SHORE IN THE TOWN OF FORADA

Minnesota DNR

Concrete

LOCATED ON THE EAST SHORE NEAR THE TOWN OF FORADA.

Fishing Regulations:

Special and/or Experimental Fishing Regulations exist on this lake. Please refer to our online Minnesota Fishing Regulations.

Lake Characteristics


Lake Area (acres): 815.00
Littoral Area (acres): 387.00
Maximum Depth (ft): 78.00
Water Clarity (ft): 14.50

Dominant Bottom Substrate: N/A
Abundance of Aquatic Plants: N/A
Maximum Depth of Plant Growth (ft): N/A

Did you know? There are 15,000 miles of fishable streams in Minnesota, including 2,600 miles of trout streams.

Fish Sampled up to the 2003 Survey Year


Species

Gear Used

Number of fish per net

Average Fish Weight (lbs)

Normal Range (lbs)

Caught

Normal Range

Black Bullhead

Gill net

7.3

0.6 - 9.5

0.92

0.5 - 0.8

 

Trap net

1.2

0.3 - 2.8

1.27

0.4 - 0.8

Black Crappie

Gill net

1.8

0.5 - 2.7

0.26

0.2 - 0.4

 

Trap net

2.0

0.7 - 3.2

0.40

0.2 - 0.5

Bluegill

Gill net

4.8

N/A - N/A

0.22

N/A - N/A

 

Trap net

21.6

5.6 - 42.3

0.19

0.1 - 0.3

Bowfin (Dogfish)

Gill net

2.8

0.1 - 0.4

2.73

2.9 - 5.0

 

Trap net

1.4

0.4 - 1.0

2.48

3.1 - 4.8

Brown Bullhead

Gill net

1.4

0.3 - 2.2

1.04

0.6 - 1.0

 

Trap net

0.2

0.3 - 1.5

1.28

0.6 - 1.0

Common Carp

Gill net

0.3

0.2 - 1.7

5.99

2.1 - 9.8

 

Trap net

2.2

0.2 - 1.1

5.07

3.0 - 7.8

Hybrid Sunfish

Trap net

0.3

N/A - N/A

0.22

N/A - N/A

Largemouth Bass

Gill net

1.3

0.3 - 1.2

0.89

0.5 - 1.1

 

Trap net

0.6

0.3 - 1.1

0.37

0.2 - 0.9

Northern Pike

Gill net

11.4

3.1 - 8.5

1.38

1.5 - 2.7

 

Trap net

1.5

N/A - N/A

1.47

N/A - N/A

Pumpkinseed Sunfish

Gill net

3.3

N/A - N/A

0.19

N/A - N/A

 

Trap net

4.0

1.7 - 8.2

0.19

0.1 - 0.2

Redhorse

Gill net

trace

N/A - N/A

3.48

N/A - N/A

Walleye

Gill net

9.3

1.3 - 5.5

0.97

1.2 - 2.4

 

Trap net

0.3

0.2 - 0.7

1.77

0.9 - 2.9

White Sucker

Gill net

4.6

0.5 - 3.5

2.30

1.6 - 2.4

 

Trap net

0.5

0.2 - 1.0

2.29

1.7 - 2.9

Yellow Bullhead

Gill net

2.4

0.9 - 10.0

0.68

0.5 - 0.7

 

Trap net

2.1

1.5 - 7.7

0.87

0.5 - 0.8

Yellow Perch

Gill net

1.4

2.5 - 24.2

0.26

0.1 - 0.2

 

Trap net

0.2

0.5 - 2.7

0.23

0.1 - 0.2

Normal Ranges represent typical catches for lakes with similar physical and chemical characteristics.

Length of Selected Species Sampled for All Gear for the 2003 Survey Year


Species

Number of fish caught in each category (inches)

0-5

6-8

9-11

12-14

15-19

20-24

25-29

30+

Total

Black Bullhead

4

9

46

42

1

0

0

0

102

Black Crappie

13

16

16

0

0

0

0

0

45

Bluegill

92

190

1

0

0

0

0

0

283

Brown Bullhead

0

0

6

13

0

0

0

0

19

Hybrid Sunfish

0

4

0

0

0

0

0

0

4

Largemouth Bass

0

8

7

6

1

0

0

0

22

Northern Pike

0

0

0

4

116

33

2

0

155

Pumpkinseed Sunfish

51

37

0

0

0

0

0

0

88

Walleye

0

2

30

51

28

5

0

0

116

Yellow Bullhead

2

1

38

13

0

0

0

0

54

Yellow Perch

2

13

4

0

0

0

0

0

19

For the record, the largest Tiger Muskellunge taken in Minnesota weighed 34 lbs., 12 oz. and was caught:
Where: Lake Elmo, Washington County
When: 7/7/99
Statistics: 51" length, 22.5" girth

Fish Stocking Activity
Fish Stocked by Species for the Last Ten Years


Year

Species

Size

Number

Pounds

2009

Walleye*

fingerlings

10,000

400.0

2008

Walleye

fingerlings

3,446

101.0

 

Walleye

adults

55

29.0

 

Walleye

yearlings

11,804

650.0

2006

Walleye

fingerlings

12,670

776.0

2005

Walleye

48,757

28.6

2004

Walleye

yearlings

7,834

474.0

 

Walleye

yearlings

350

66.0

 

Walleye

adults

260

52.0

2002

Walleye

fingerlings

29,577

576.0

2000

Walleye

fingerlings

4,704

583.0

Privately Stocked Fish

* indicates privately stocked fish. Private stocking includes fish purchased by the DNR for stocking and fish purchased and stocked by private citizens and sporting groups.

Stocking Fish Sizes

Fry - Newly hatched fish that are ready to be stocked usually called "swim-ups". Walleye fry are 1/3 of an inch or around 8 mm.

Fingerling - Fingerlings are one to six months old and can range from a size of one to twelve inches depending on the species. Walleye fingerlings range from three to eight inches each fall.

Yearling - Yearling fish are at least one year old. A one-year-old fish can range from three to twenty inches depending on the species. Walleye yearlings average from six to twelve inches.

Adult - Adult fish are fish that have reached maturity. Depending on the species, maturity can be reached at two years of age. Walleye reach maturity between the ages of four and six years.

Fish Consumption Guidelines
These fish consumption guidelines help people make choices about which fish to eat and how often. Following the guidelines enables people to reduce their exposure to contaminants while still enjoying the many benefits from fish.
Pregnant Women, Women who may become pregnant and Children under age 15


LAKE NAME
County, DOWID

Species

Meal Advice

Contaminants

Unrestricted

1 meal/week

1 meal/month

Do not eat

MAPLE
Douglas Co., 21007900

Bluegill Sunfish

 

All sizes

 

 

Mercury

Northern Pike

 

shorter than 18"

18" or longer

 

Mercury

White Sucker

 

All sizes

 

 

Mercury

General Population


LAKE NAME
County, DOWID

Species

Meal Advice

Contaminants

Unrestricted

1 meal/week

1 meal/month

Do not eat

MAPLE
Douglas Co., 21007900

Bluegill Sunfish

All sizes

 

 

 

 

Northern Pike

 

All sizes

 

 

Mercury

White Sucker

All sizes

 

 

 

 

DOWID - MN DNR, Divion of Waters' lake ID number.
Contaminants listed were measured at levels high enough to warrant a recommendation to limit consumption.
Listing of consumption guidelines do not imply the fish are legal to keep, MN DNR fishing regulations should be consulted.

Dioxin
Mercury
PCBS - Polychlorinated biphenyls
PFOS - Perfluorooctane sulfanate

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