Round Lake – Little Canada

This small 12-acre lake is used primarily for canoeing and viewing wildlife.

Round Lake is a small lake in Little Canada surrounded by residential and commercial development. It is a popular neighborhood resource primarily used for canoeing, picnicking and aesthetic viewing.

Lake facts

  • Tributary area: 195 acres
  • Downstream waterbody: Gervais Creek
  • DNR code: 62‑0009P (click for LakeFinder data)
  • Surface area: 12 acres
  • Maximum depth: 7 feet
  • MPCA designations: Shallow lake
  • Accountable municipalities: Little Canada, Ramsey County
  • Nutrient water quality classification: At risk

Water Quality

Limited historical water quality data is available for Round Lake. It was monitored as part of the MPCA’s Citizen Lake Monitoring Program in 1995, 1996, 2010 and 2011. Based on the MPCA data, Round Lake had a Secchi disc transparency depth of 1.7 feet in 1995 and 2.0 feet in 1996; Secchi disc transparencies in 2010 and 2011 ranged from approximately 1 to 1.5 feet. These values are consistent with satellite imagery acquired between 1999 and 2000 that indicated that the lake’s transparency depth is less than 1.5 feet. Summer average total phosphorus in 2010 and 2011 was 207 µg/L and 166 µg/L. These measurements define Round Lake as eutrophic, and exceed nutrient water quality standards.