Lake Marion: 560 Acres of Fun on the Water
Now that summer is here, it’s time to hit the beach, and one local spot you should check out is Lakeville’s Lake Marion.
Lake Marion is located just east of I-35 and features 560 acres of water, sandy beaches, three fishing piers and a maximum depth of 21 feet. Parks on or near the lake include: Antler’s Park, Casperson Park, Ritter Farm Park, Basset Park and Lakeridge Park. The following are all the lake’s details from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR):
Walleye: average abundance, above average size;
Northern Pike: above average abundance, average size;
Largemouth Bass: above average abundance, average size;
Bluegill: above average abundance, smaller than average size;
Crappie: average abundance, smaller than average size;
Bullhead species: above average abundance, average size;
Yellow Perch: low abundance, small average size.
Access to this lake is in Casperson Park, operated by the city of Lakeville. This lake has surface water use restrictions. See sign at the access.
Anglers may fish from shore in Casperson Park and along the walking/bike path leading from the park along the west shore of the lake as far as the first bridge over the inlet from the old northern pike rearing area. The portion of the bike path that continues along the south shore of the lake does not provide public access to the lake.
Anglers may also fish from shore in Antlers Park, located on the southeast bay of the lake. There is a small fishing dock at this location.
The Department of Transportation maintains a fishing platform at a site off the east frontage road of I-35 in the northeast arm of the lake. This site is limited by shallow water and abundant vegetation.
Exotic Species Alert:
This lake contains Eurasian water milfoil. Remove any visible plant material from your boat, trailer and boating equipment before you leave the lake.
The fish population of this lake is dominated by average size northern pike and small sunfish. This lake has been stocked with walleye fingerlings for many years, but the walleye population remained small. Walleye stocking quotas were recently changed to fry as an attempt to improve walleye fishing. This lake is very popular with ice anglers.
For more on Lake Marion, visit the City of Lakeville’s website.
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