Minnesota DNR Lake Classifications

Foggy Lake

Fog over Prior Lake

Has your Realtor ever given you a printout for a lakeshore home that shows the DNR lake classification and you had no idea what it meant?  Here’s an explanation of the lake classifications used by the DNR:

  • Natural Enviroment lakes usually have less than 150 total acres, less than 60 acres per mile of shoreline, and less than three dwellings per mile of shoreline. They may have some winter kill of fish; may have shallow, swampy shoreline; and are less than 15 feet deep.
  • Recreational Development lakes usually have between 60 and 225 acres of water per mile of shoreline, between 3 and 25 dwellings per mile of shoreline, and are more than 15 feet deep.
  • General Development lakes usually have more than 225 acres of water per mile of shoreline and 25 dwellings per mile of shoreline, and are more than 15 feet deep.
  • Not Applicable lakes have not been assigned a DNR Classification.

Hope that clears up the mystery a bit.  Until next time, Happy Home Hunting (or Selling)!  And if you have any other questions regarding lake property, golf course property, or pretty much anything else real estate related, send them my way and I’ll try my best to answer them.

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About Bob Gilbert, GRI

Realtor with Edina Realty, Prior Lake, MN
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