Fish Hook

Fish Hook Lake is located just north of Park Rapids, Minnesota. It covers 1,643 acres and has an oblong shape. Fish Hook Lake has three inlets and one outlet, which classifies it as a drainage lake. The Potato River enters Fish Hook Lake on the north side from Potato Lake. The Portage River enters Fish Hook Lake on the west side from Portage Lake. The Fish Hook River outlets Fish Hook Lake on the south and flows through Park Rapids. South of Park Rapids it joins the Shell River, which eventually joins the Crow Wing River. Water quality data have been collected on Fish Hook Lake since 1988 (Table 3). These data show that the lake is mesotrophic, which is characterized by moderately clear water throughout the summer and excellent recreational opportunities. The Fish Hook Lake and River Association has the following mission statement. "The Fish Hook Lake & River Association shall be an advocate of the environment of our lake/river systems. We shall be a partner with other lake associations and agencies which have an impact on water quality. We shall act as an educator in community understanding of the issues and goals of our association. The objectives of our efforts are better water quality and property values for everyone. As a group, we have a stronger voice than as separate individuals." They are involved in many activities including water quality monitoring, aquatic invasive species education, newsletter distribution, and are a member of the Hubbard Coalition of Lake Associations (COLA).
Date Issued
2012 (year uncertain)
Number of Pages
Associated Organization
Body of Water
Rights Holder
Minnesota Water Research Digital Library
Rights Management
Creative Commons