Leech Lake, located primarily in Cass County in north-central Minnesota, has approximately 112,000 surface acres. In its original state, Leech Lake covered about 106,000 acres. In 1884, a dam was built on the Leech River, raising the water level about two feet and increasing the surface area to its present size. The maximum depth of Leech Lake is approximates 150 feet; however, nearly 80 percent of the lake is less than 35 feet deep. Leech Lake has an irregular shape with many large and small bays and an estimated 201 miles of shoreline. Approximately 23 percent of the shoreline consists of a gravel-rubble-boulder mixture, nearly all of which is used by spawning walleye.
Leech Lake and the surrounding area lakes offer some of the finest multi-species fishing opportunities anywhere. Hundreds of pristine Minnesota lakes of all sizes are scattered throughout the area forests, providing excellent fishing for walleyes, pike, muskies, largemouth and smallmouth bass, perch, crappies and sunfish. The Leech Lake area has it all for the seasoned fisherman, as well as for the kid after their first fish.