Bad Medicine Lake

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Bad Medicine Lake
Location Becker County, Minnesota
Coordinates 47°7′40″N 95°24′0″W / 47.12778°N 95.40000°W / 47.12778; -95.40000
Basin countries United States
Max. length 5 mi (8.0 km)
Max. width 0.5 mi (0.80 km)
Max. depth 90 ft (27 m)

Bad Medicine Lake is a spring-fed lake located in Forest Township in Becker County, Minnesota. It got its name from the fact that early Native Americans in the area thought that a lake with neither inlet nor outlet was a place of bad omen ("bad medicine") and would not hunt or fish near the lake.

The lake is approximately five miles long, a half mile wide, and reaches depths of up to 90 feet (27 m). It is known for its clear, cold waters and rainbow trout fishing. It has experienced dramatic changes in its fish habitat and fish community in the last 35 years. Regarded as a bass/panfish lake in the 1950s and 1960s, the lake is now managed primarily for rainbow trout and walleye.[1] The DNR turned Bad Medicine Lake into a trout lake in 1977, following an explosion of native crayfish that eliminated the vegetation used by bass and panfish.[2] Roughly 16,000 rainbow trout are stocked annually, including Kamloops and Madison strains.

There are three active resorts located on the lake. Bad Medicine Resort and Campground is owned by Don Tschudi. Veronen's Resort is a family owned and operated campground established in the late 1940s by Bill and Gertie Veronen. The third resort is High Pines Resort owned by Ray and Lynette Vlasak.

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  1. ^ Bowe, Nathan (December 4, 2016). "Lovers of Bad Medicine Lake rally to protect lakeshore". Detroit Lakes Online. Retrieved June 10, 2017.
  2. ^ Hersch, Jodene w/ Negus, Mary (July 1, 2000). "Fall Stocking of Rainbow Trout in Bad Medicine Lake: A Bioenergetics Assessment of Impacts on the Daphnia pulex Population" (PDF). Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. Retrieved June 10, 2017.

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