Search tips for LakeFinder

General Information

The lake name search tool is intended to provide quick access to DNR lake survey reports. In general, all you need to do is type in the name of the lake your interested in. Searches are case insensitive and the word "lake" is not necessary. All lake names that match will be returned to you. Searches can be made more specific by entering the county name as well. In addition, you may browse all lakes in a county by simply leaving the lake name field blank and entering a county name. The lake name database only contains entries for lakes that we have reports for. Consequently, it is possible you may not always find the lake your looking for. Please be patient, we're trying to make this service as complete as possible.

Search suggestions

  • Lake names like "Little Boy" are often stored as "Boy, Little" or "Boy, L" in the database making them harder to find. Try searching just on the main portion of the lake name (i.e. "boy") and finding the correct lake from the more general search results.
  • If you're not sure if a lake name is one word or two, for example "otter tail" or "ottertail", try searching on the more unusual portion of the name (i.e. "otter"). Searches will match substrings in lake names so, although more general, your likely to locate your lake of interest quicker.


Advanced searches

Searches are conducted using regular expression pattern matching, so a variety of sophisticated searches are possible. Keep in mind that by default matches can occur anywhere in a lake name. For example, the pattern "ab" will match Abbey and Baby.

Here are some advanced search tips:

  • To find only those lakes that begin with "ab", use the pattern "^ab". To find only those that end with "ab" use "ab$". To find those that match "ab" exactly use "^ab$".
  • Use a "." to mean any character. For example, the pattern "r..n" will match "Anderson" and "Darling".
  • Use a "|" to do OR searches. For example to find all lakes that contain "aba" or "ubu" you could use the pattern "aba|ubu".
  • Single quotes are a special character and need to be escaped with a backslash to be used in a search. So, to find all lakes ending in "'s" you would use the pattern "'\s$".