Strange Facts About Minnesota Lakes Continued
7.) There are 115 lakes in Minnesota named “Long”.
2nd place on the list is “Mud” , followed by “Rice” and yes, there is a Ricki Lake.
8.) In 1907, Lake Nokomis was only 5 feet deep!
Lake Nokomis, off of Cedar Avenue in Minneapolis, was originally just a drainage swamp for the area, but after being purchased in 1907, it was eventually developed into a fully fledged lake.
9.) There are only 4 counties in Minnesota without a lake.
There are at least two Iowa Lake’s in Minnesota, one of which resides in both states. The other is way up in the arrowhead in Cook County.
11.) 2 stories on how white bear lake got its name.
#1-A Sioux girl falls in love with a Chippewa boy, who attempts to break the peace between the tribes by performing a brave deed.The boy killed a giant white bear on Manitou Island and ended up dying in the process. His spirit, as well as the bears, wander the island at night.
#2-The boy kills the bear, skins it, and his future children dance and play on it. Lovely!!!
12.) They called it Ham Lake because it was shaped like a ham!
Well it does!!!