Lake Facts

DNR ID/ Becker No MN03-0358-00/358
Township(s) Lake View
Lake Classification Recreational Development
Ordinary High-Waterline (OHW) 1334' (NGVD29)
Size 143 Acres
Shoreline Length
Maximum Depth 24 Ft
Watershed Area 619 Acres
Impairment Listings none
Common Fish Species Black crappie, Bluegill, Largemouth bass, Northern pike, Pumpkinseed, Rock bass, Walleye
Invasive Species none
Public Access/Beaches none
Land Use 21.8% Open Water
7.4% Developed
3.0% Wetlands
9.3% Cultivated Crops
48.4% Forest
10.1% Grassland


Lake Description & Overview

Fox lake is a small, heavily-developed lake. Approximately 60% (86 acres) of the lake is considered littoral and less than 15 feet. There is no surface water inlet and the lake receives water primarily from stormwater runoff and groundwater interactions.  There is one outlet to the lake which flows south through a wetland to Lake Sallie.

The majority of residential lake development occurred between the 1960s and 1990 where the number of homes more than doubled from 24 to 55.  The MN DNR owns a 3 acres tract of land that contains approximately 1300 feet of shoreline on the north side of the lake that remains protected.

Prior to 2004, a 40-acre parcel just north of the lake was used for ag purposes with turkey manure being applied to the land periodically. The lake showed signs of degradation with nuisance algal bloom and poor water clarity. When the turkey manure application ceased, the lake responded with drastic and immediate increases in water clarity and reductions of in-lake phosphorus levels. Currently, water quality is good and increasing, with clarity an average of 14-ft over the last ten years, and a stable phosphorus concentration of 12ppb.

Water Quality

Fox Lake

Learn More

DNR Lakefinder
Get information on water levels, fish stocking, and water clarity for Fox.

MPCA Surface Water Data
Find historical water quality data for Fox.

Becker County Coalition of Lake Associations


Short Term Goals – Year 2025

  • Maintain a 5-year mean summer phosphorus concentration at or below 13 μg/L
  • Maintain mean summer Secchi depth no less than 14 ft

Long Range Goals – Year 2035

  • Maintain a 5-year mean summer phosphorus concentration at or below 13 μg/L ± 4%
  • Maintain mean summer Secchi depth no less than 14 ft

Studies & Surveys

Future Surveys as part of 2020-2030 Monitoring Plan

Water Quality- 2027

Vegetation Survey – 2027

Shoreline Survey – 2025

Past Surveys

Water Quality – 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2016, 2019

Shoreline Survey – 1997, 2004, 2020

Vegetation Survey – 2022

For more studies and surveys, see the Fox-Munson Water Management Area.