Lake Elmo


Lake Elmo is located in the city of Lake Elmo. 

Fish Consumption Advisory:

Minnesota Department of Health has issued a Do Not Eat fish consumption advisory for Lake Elmo due to PFOS concentrations. The following link has more information: PFOS Information

Species Present:

Northern Pike: higher than average abundance, average size but some larger individuals present.
Tiger Muskie: low abundance, average or above average size. The state record Tiger Muskie was caught in Lake Elmo (34 pounds 12 ounces).
Largemouth Bass: average abundance, average size but some larger bass present.
Bluegill: average abundance, small size.
Crappie: low abundance, larger than average size.
Trout: average abundance, large size.
Tullibee: average abundance, average size.

Boat Access:

The boat access is located within Lake Elmo Regional Park Reserve (entrance fee required). Travel east on I-94 and exit on Woodbury Drive (County Road 19). Turn left (north) to the park entrance. Follow park signs to the boat access. 

Shore Fishing:

There is a fishing pier located within the regional park. Follow signs in the park. Additional shore angling is available adjacent to the boat launch area. Ambitious anglers may fish from shore anywhere in the regional park, but some areas will require lengthy hikes to access. Shore angling may be limited by overhanging trees and very clear water. Lake Elmo drops off to deep water very close to shore along most of the park shoreline. 

Winter Access:

You may gain access to Lake Elmo in the winter through the County park. 

Management Plans:

  1. Fisheries standard lake survey in 2024.
  2. Stock 206 hybrid muskie (Tiger Muskie) fingerlings in odd numbered years.

Aquatic Invasive Species Alert:

This lake contains Eurasian watermilfoil. Remove any visible plants from your boat, trailer, or other boating equipment before leaving the lake. 


Lake Elmo is a hard lake to fish. Very clear water and limited structure make fish hard to catch. Tullibee were re-introduced into the lake to provide high quality forage for Northern Pike and Tiger Muskie. The successful Tullibee stocking has resulted in improving the quality of Northern Pike caught in the lake. Currently there is a “Do Not Eat” fish consumption advisory was placed on Lake Elmo for all fish species due to contamination with PFOS chemicals.

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