With over 10,000 lakes in our state, it can be hard to be creative enough for each to have a unique name. It's just easier to call a lake as it is, and give it a simple name. Here is a list of the most common names for lakes across Minnesota!

"Clear" Lake - 13

"Eagle" Lake - 11

"Elbow" Lake - 7

"Fish" Lake - 10

"Horseshoe" Lake - 7


"Island" Lake - 9, plus a bunch more with the word "island" in the name

"Long" Lake - 27

"Loon" Lake - 7

"Rice" Lake - 10

"Round" Lake - 11

"Long" lake takes the cake for the most common name for a body of water in Minnesota. I grew up in Long Prairie and there were quite a few Long Lakes my family frequented, and you just never knew which one they were actually referring to! I was surprised by how many "Eagle" lakes were on the list. I'm not sure I have been to any of the 11. Which lake in the state is your favorite? Let me know in the comments!

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