Beaver Lake

A 87-acre lake draining to the Beltline storm sewer and then to the Mississippi River.

Beaver Lake is primarily used for canoeing, fishing, picnicking, wildlife habitat and aesthetic viewing. A Ramsey County park occupies most of the north and west shoreline. There is no public boat access, although there is a fishing pier on the west shoreline within the county park.

Lake facts

  • Tributary area: 1,935 acres
  • Downstream waterbody: Beltline
  • DNR code: 62‑0016P (click for LakeFinder data)
  • Surface area: 87 acres
  • Average depth: 4 feet
  • Maximum depth: 11 feet
  • MPCA designations: Shallow lake; impaired for mercury; at risk for chloride
  • Accountable municipalities: Maplewood, St. Paul, Ramsey County, Washington County
  • Nutrient water quality classification: At risk

Water Quality

The following graphs show the growing season average measurements in Beaver Lake for chlorophyll-a, total phosphorus and secchi transparency. Beaver Lake is sampled for water quality parameters about seven times per year on average from May through September.