Snail Lake

This landlocked lake in the city of Shoreview is bordered by a regional county park.

Snail Lake is 190 acres in size, which includes a 35‑acre wetland on the northwest side of the lake. It is a recreational resource in the area and is bordered by Snail Lake Regional Park to the south. The park includes public access to the lake and a swimming beach. The lake is used for fishing, boating and swimming. During low‑water periods, inflow to Snail Lake is augmented by pumping water from nearby Sucker Lake. Under normal conditions Snail Lake is a landlocked basin, but under extreme conditions the lake may outlet to the south into the Grass Lake subwatershed.


Lake facts

  • Tributary area: 961 acres
  • Downstream waterbody: Landlocked
  • DNR code: 62‑0073P (click for LakeFinder data)
  • Surface area: 190 acres
  • Maximum depth: 28 feet
  • MPCA designations: Deep lake; impaired for mercury
  • Accountable municipalities: Shoreview, Ramsey County
  • Nutrient water quality classification: Stable

Water Quality

The following graphs show the growing season average measurements in Snail Lake for chlorophyll-a, total phosphorus and secchi transparency. Snail Lake is sampled for water quality parameters every two weeks from May through September. The lake has consistently good water quality and therefore is considered a stable lake.

Lake Water Level