Lower Red Lake Map

New Updated Upper Red Lake Map

Attention Red Lake Tribal Members: Updated Upper and Lower Red Lake maps will be available at the Red Lake DNR and the Red Lake Fishery.

Field collection with GPS/Depth SounderIn 2006, the Red Lake DNR started surveying Lower Red Lake to create an improved bathymetric (depth) map. Due to the vast size (257 square miles), weather, and increasing fuel prices; the project was completed in the summer of 2010. In summary, the project entailed 134 transects covering over 1,400 miles, and over 218,000,000 points (depth) were collected. In 2011, the Red Lake DNR completed the survey of the tribal portion of Upper Red Lake. The resulting maps will provide the Red Lake DNR detailed information about walleye spawning habitat, and hopefully help Red Lake Tribal Members with the upcoming ice fishing season.

General Ice Thickness Guidelines

For New, Clear Ice Only

  • 3" or less - STAY OFF
  • 4" - Ice fishing or other activities on foot
  • 6" - Snowmobile or ATV
  • 9" - 12" - Car or small pickup
  • 12" - 15" - Medium truck

Remember that these thicknesses are merely guidelines for new, clear, solid ice. Many factors other than thickness can cause ice to be unsafe.