Lake Facts

DNR ID/ Becker No MN 03-371-00/371
Township(s) Lake View
Lake Classification General Development
Ordinary High-Waterline (OHW) Not Recorded (NGVD29)
Size 71 Acres
Maximum Depth 72 ft.

Watershed Area 244 Acres
Impairment Listings Mercury
Common Fish Species Black Crappie, Bluegill, Green Sunfish, Largemouth Bass, Northern Pike, Walleye
Invasive Species None known
Public Access/Beaches None
Land Use 26% Open Water
5.8% Developed
10.3% Wetlands
21.8% Cultivated Crops
18.3% Forest
17.8% Grassland


Lake Description & Overview

Meadow is located approximately 4.5-miles SW of the City of Detroit Lakes.  Despite its relatively small size, the lake is quite deep, reaching a maximum depth of 72 feet.

Located in the upper part of the Lake Melissa watershed, Meadow has no surface water inlet and is recharged primarily by groundwater interaction and some surface water runoff.  There is no true outlet to the lake, however, there is a culvert below Highway 59 that connects Meadow to a wetland and another culvert below CSAH 17 that connects the wetland to Lake Melissa.

Attempts were made by the MN DNR between 1987 through 2009 to regularly stock Rainbow and Brown Trout, however this had limited success. The MN DNR also began stocking walleye in 2010, however, further study found that the lake best supports Largemouth Bass, Bluegill, Crappie, and Northern pike population, so stocking efforts ceased. Because the lake is deep enough to support both warm and cold fisheries, there is a small population remaining of Trout and Cisco (Tullibee).

There are three residential homes on the western shoreline and a campground located on southeast portion. There is some agricultural (row crop) activity to the north of the lake that is separated from the lake by a forested buffer, 150-300 feet wide.  Emergent vegetation is present along most of the shoreline except for about 1000 feet near the campground area, which may have been removed for the installation of a sand beach and docking area. There is moderate macrophyte growth in the littoral area of the lake (<15 ft).  Lake depths begin to drop sharply about 150-250 feet offshore, where plant growth becomes much more limited.

The District has monitored Meadow Lake since 1999 and the water quality has always been good.  Currently the lake is sampled for both chemistry and clarity every three years. The water quality is stable with a 10-year average clarity of 16.5 and total phosphorus concentration of 14 ppb.

Water Quality


Learn More

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

MPCA Surface Water Data
Find historical lake and stream water quality data for Meadow.

Becker County Coalition of Lake Associations


Short Term Goals – Year 2025

  • Maintain a 5-year mean summer phosphorus concentration at or below 17 μg/L ± 4%
  • Maintain mean summer Secchi depth no less than 15 ft

Long Range Goals – Year 2035

  • Maintain a 5-year mean summer phosphorus concentration at or below 17 μg/L ± 4%
  • Maintain mean summer Secchi depth no less than 15 ft

Studies & Surveys

Future Surveys as part of 2020-2030 Monitoring Plan

Water Quality- 2025

Vegetation Survey – 2027

Shoreline Survey – 2025

Past Surveys

Water Quality – 1999-2002, 2004, 2006, 2009, 2014, 2017, 2020

Shoreline Survey – 1997, 2004, 2010, 2020

Vegetation Survey – 2022

For more studies and surveys, see the Small Lakes Water Management Area.