Silver Lake


This lake is located on the west side of Silver Lake Road, just south of 45th Avenue N.E.

Species Present:

Walleye: above average abundance, average size.
Northern Pike: below average abundance, larger than average size.
Bluegill: high abundance, smaller than average size.
Crappie: above average abundance, smaller than average size.
Catfish:above average abundance, average size
Bullhead species: average abundance, smaller than average size.
Yellow Perch: low abundance, small size.


Boat Access:

Access to this lake is on the west side of the lake. Enter off Stinson Blvd. This is a limited facility and is not suitable for larger boats.

Shore Fishing:

Anglers may fish from shore from the city beach located in the northeast corner of the lake. There is additional public shoreline within Silverwood Regional Park operated by the Three Rivers Park District. It is unclear whether the park allows fishing from their property. Anglers should check with the Three Rivers Parks District for more information.

Management Plans:

  1. Population assessment in 2012. Re-survey in 2018.
  2. Monitor winter oxygen level as needed; operation of winter aeration device by the city of Columbia Heights.
  3. Stock 142,000 walleye fry in odd numbered years.


This lake is an enigma as it appears to have a good fish population but little fishing goes on. It had suffered from occasional winterkills until the lake 1990's when a winter aeration system was installed. The access is limited and undoubtedly effects fishing effort. The lake has poor water quality that may also deter some anglers.

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