Naming a lake, river, stream or other natural geographic feature in Minnesota is guided by Minnesota Statues 83A.02 - 83A.07.
The process begins at the county where the natural feature is located. Fifteen or more voters registered in that county must petition the county board of commissioners for a public hearing. If the county board agrees on the proposed name, the board adopts a resolution in support of the name.
The resolution is forwarded to the Department of Natural Resources Commissioner for approval. The Commissioner will not approve a name that commemorates, or may be seen to commemorate, a living person.
Approved names are submitted to the U.S. Board on Geographic Names for federal approval and use.
If you're interested in naming or changing the name of a geographic feature, the following samples may be used as you work with your county.