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Lake Minnewaska: The 'good water'

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Lake Minnewaska
Lake Minnewaska
William Lager | MPR News

Lake Minnewaska has made the top eight in our most-loved lake contest. See all the finalists and cast your vote here.

"Have you seen this gem? Awesome for boating and fishing, not to mention the cool little town of Glenwood," wrote one person who submitted the lake for our contest.

Lake Shore Drive, Lake Minnewaska near Glenwood
Lake Shore Drive, Lake Minnewaska near Glenwood
Minnesota Historical Society

Minnewaska — which translates from two Native American languages to mean "good water" — is about 12 square miles. 

Lake homes, camping and resorts surround the central Minnesota lake, as do the towns of Starbuck and Glenwood. There are paved trails and public lake access, plus some shoreline dining options. 

Anglers can catch 13 different fish species, according to Lake Link.

It's 17 feet deep on average, Lake Link says, with a maximum depth of 32 feet.

Tell MPR News and the Water Main: What makes your lake special?