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Coordinates 47.155755, -94.389896
Surface area 111,527 acres (451 km²)
Max. depth 150 ft (46 m)

Leech Lake is a lake located in north central Minnesota, United States. It is located completely within the Chippewa National Forest. It is used as a reservoir. The lake is the third largest in Minnesota, it covers 111,527 acres (451 km²), and has a maximum depth of 150 feet (46 m).

Leech Lake is a popular sport fishing hotspot, and is fished for walleye, largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, panfish, northern pike and muskellunge. The state record Lake Whitefish (12 lbs, 4.5 oz) and Pumpkinseed (1 lb, 5.6 oz) were both caught here in 1999.

Every February, Leech Lake is home to the International Eel Pout Festival. The eel pout, also known as the burbot, is rarely seen in Leech Lake, except in the winter when it is very plentiful. Events include a black-tie dinner, ice bowling, and a contest to see who can catch the largest eel pout.

Leech Lake is the third largest lake entirely within the boundaries of Minnesota and has approximately 112,000 surface acres. The lake is geographically located in three glacial zones and has an irregular shape with many large and small bays. The deepest area of the lake is located in Walker Bay where depths reach around 150 feet deep. Approximately 80% of the lake is less than 35 feet deep.

Similar to other large lakes in Minnesota, the fish community is dominated by species in the perch and pike families. Walleye, northern pike, and muskellunge are the primary predator species, while yellow perch and cisco are principal forage species. Leech Lake is well known among anglers for its walleye, northern pike, and muskellunge fishing. For more information about fishing on Leech Lake, visit the MN DNR Leech Lake information report.