The Whitefish Chain of Lakes is located near the cities of Crosslake, Jenkins, and Pequot Lakes, in Crow Wing County, north-central Minnesota. These lakes occur in the southern half of the Pine River Watershed and are connected to the Pine River, which drains the watershed to the south.
Sources vary depending on whether you consider Whitefish Lake; one, or 2 separate lakes (Upper & Lower). Also consider this – do we count Loon Lake separately, or is Loon Lake included as part of Island Lake? And we can continue by asking if Hen Lake is a separate lake, or is Hen Lake included as part of Rush Lake… well you kind of see where we’re going here… As you can see the actual number of lakes within the Whitefish Chain of Lakes is debatable depending on your understanding and perspective. Well with that said this is our take on the situation:
Big Trout Lake
Little Pine Lake
Lower Hay Lake
Upper Whitefish Lake
Lower Whitefish Lake
And last but certainly not least – Ojibwa named Kadikumagokag, or “Lake Where There Are Many Whitefish” —> we wrap up our list with Whitefish Lake (But we do recognize Upper and Lower Whitefish as two separate lakes.) So, there you have it. That completes our list at 14 interconnecting lakes that make up the beautiful Whitefish Chain of Lakes.
The Whitefish Chain of Lakes has a total shoreline length of 115 miles.
The Whitefish Chain of Lakes covers a surface area of over 14K+ acres.
Whitefish Lake (Upper & Lower combined) is the largest of the chain of lakes and the second largest in the Pine River Watershed.
Chain of Lakes
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