Carver Lake

A small, deep lake in Woodbury that outlets to Fish Creek.

Carver Lake is used primarily for swimming and canoeing. There is a public beach located on the southeast side, along with a canoe access. The lake is an important regional amenity and borders Carver Lake Park, which is heavily used for picnicking and hiking.


Lake facts

  • Tributary area: 2,274 acres
  • Downstream waterbody: Fish Creek
  • DNR code: 82‑0166P (click for LakeFinder data)
  • Surface area: 49 acres
  • Average depth: 16 feet
  • Maximum depth: 36 feet
  • MPCA designations: Deep lake; impaired for mercury and chloride
  • Accountable municipalities: Maplewood, Woodbury, Ramsey County, Washington County
  • Nutrient water quality classification: At risk

Water Quality

The following graphs show the growing season average measurements in Carver Lake for chlorophyll-a, total phosphorus and secchi transparency. Carver Lake is sampled for water quality parameters every two weeks from May through September.