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Echo Lake, MN (Carlton County) | Best Lake Review On The Web

Echo Lake is located near the city of Moose Lake, Minnesota, and is inside the Moose Lake State Park. My personal experience fishing Echo Lake indicates it has a lot of small to average sized bluegills, largemouth bass, and crappies. It’s a great lake to fish with kids.

Lake Stats

  • Acres: 108.3
  • Max Depth: 47 feet
  • Mean Depth: 20 feet
  • Littoral Area: 19.3 acres
  • Shore Length: 2.75 miles
  • Google Maps Location: Click Here

Fish Species

  • Northern Pike
  • Walleye
  • Largemouth Bass
  • Bullhead (black, brown, yellow)
  • Black Crappie
  • bluegill
  • pumpkinseed
  • rock bass
  • yellow perch
  • white sucker

Boat Landings

Echo Lake has one Minnesota DNR-owned concrete access on the northeast side of the lake.

Echo Lake boat landing

It is a nice concrete landing that’s easy to use. The dock was also in good shape, and a good place to fish from.

Reed with bluegill on dock

The parking lot is gravel and has plenty of parking for the amount of people that go here.

Echo Lake parking lot

Most of the traffic on the lake is gong to be kayaks and canoes. Some fishing, and some just enjoying the lake. If you do keep some fish, there is a fish cleaning table right at the landing.

fish cleaning table

Commentary

Access to Echo Lake is inside the Moose Lake State Park, so that pretty much limits the traffic down to the guests staying at the campground here.

I noticed that its fairly quiet most of the day, and then at sundown, everyone shows up. They are either catching panfish, or going for an evening paddle around the lake.

I will get to our fishing experience next, but it wouldn’t be fair to you if I didn’t mention all the other great stuff surrounding Echo Lake.

Moose Lake is the “hot spot” for agate hunters. If you go to the chamber of commerce, they will give you a map of where to look.

Reed in front of the chamber of commerce

They have three gravel pits nearby, that you can pick agates at, but you will need to get a permit to do so. Its free, but you will need a way to take a picture of it and email it to the authorities.

Agate picking gravel pit

Anyway, I mention this so you don’t waste your time going to the gravel pits. They are so picked over that agates are hard to come by.

All you have to do is find a gravel road that’s not very busy and start looking. We found a whole bag of agates in a couple hours.

Reed being a rock

I’d also like to to say that we really enjoyed the campground. Its very secluded, surrounded by trees, and fairly quiet. They must spray for mosquitoes there because the bugs were non existent.

Our campsite

Duluth is only a short drive away, so if you get bored here, there are endless things to do in Duluth.

Fishing Experience

I fished Echo Lake in early August. I went out twice in my kayak. The first time I brought my 5 year old boy (Reed) with. Its tough fishing two people out of a one man kayak, but we did alright. We started out fishing off the dock.

Dock fishing

The dock was surrounded by lots of small bluegills who were eager to bite, but hard to hook.

Bluegills by dock

We then took the kayak along the north shoreline. The area we fished is circled in red.

We immediately started catching fish right off the landing. It didn’t seem to matter where you threw a bait, there was a small bluegill waiting to bite. We were using a plain hook with a worm.

Catching bluegills

We paddled by the fishing pier with a bunch of people fishing and hanging out. Then paddled by the beach area and did some more fishing. Reed hooked a 5 inch bass in the belly.

Catching a baby bass

We had non-stop action, but nothing worth keeping. The next evening I went out exploring by myself, in hopes of catching something bigger. I was throwing a spinnerbait and using an underwater camera to see what’s there.

Looking underwater

I didn’t get any bites on my lure, but I did see a few fish on the camera. I saw a crappie, some bluegills and a bass.

Echo Lake has three wings to it. I thought it looked a bit like a fidget spinner. Each wing is a little different. It does have some nice weeds lines, but then then quickly drops off into some deep water. Here is the route I took the second day.

My kayaking route

The finger to the northwest has a shallow weed bed right in the middle. I saw fish jumping out of the water near there, but never caught one. I didn’t try too hard, so it isn’t saying much.

Weed bed behind me

It was a fun scenic lake to paddle around on. If you want some serious fishing, you might want to try somewhere else, but it is a great place for kids to catch endless bluegills.

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