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View Poll Results: Which Minnesota lakes have you SWAM IN?
Lake Superior 25 71.43%
Chub Lake (Cloquet) 3 8.57%
Pike Lake (outskirts of Duluth) 4 11.43%
Twin Ponds (Duluth, Enger tower area) 4 11.43%
Big Sandy Lake (Aitkin County) 5 14.29%
Pelican Lake (Crow Wing County) 6 17.14%
Red Lake (northwestern Minnesota) 3 8.57%
Leech Lake 7 20.00%
Lake Mille Lacs 11 31.43%
Lake of the Woods 6 17.14%
Lake Calhoun / Cedar Lake / Lake of the Isles / Lake Harriet / other MSP city lake 16 45.71%
Lake Como 4 11.43%
Lake Minnetonka 11 31.43%
Clear Lake (Waseca) 0 0%
Budd Lake 0 0%
Okabena Lake (Worthington) 0 0%
Willmar Lake / Foot Lake (Willmar) 1 2.86%
One of the lakes in Alexandria, MN 9 25.71%
Lake on Mississippi River (Pepin, Onalaska) 10 28.57%
Lake on Minnesota River (Traverse, Big Stone, etc.) 4 11.43%
Multiple Choice Poll. Voters: 35. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 06-29-2012, 03:36 PM
Location: Duluth, Minnesota, USA
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This should be a fun poll...

Which Minnesota lakes have you swam in?

What's the earliest and latest you swam in a lake in Minnesota?

I've tried to keep the poll options set to more known or memorable lakes, as well as Duluth-area lakes, so as to prevent confusion.

The earliest I've ever personally swam in a lake (not crick) is late May in Pike Lake and Whitewater Lake (Hoyt Lakes, MN - up north). I've lived in the North most of my life, so I supposed if I lived in southern Minnesota I'd have swam in a lake earlier in the year.

As for latest in the year, definitely Lake Superior last early October. The air temperature was like 80 degrees, it was cloudy, and felt like a total summer day, so as I was walking down Park Point Trail I thought "why not?", stripped to my shorts, and swam in a small rock enclave formed by the Point's break (I think that's what you call it).
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Old 06-30-2012, 02:24 AM
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Mille Lacs, many times.
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Old 06-30-2012, 07:32 AM
Location: Northern MN
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As I like the cold
We have jet~skied on Lake Superior every month of the year except Jan and Feb. (We don't do this every year it was a one time thing, so we could say we did.
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Old 06-30-2012, 06:28 PM
Location: Puposky MN
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How bout Rainy Lake??
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Old 06-30-2012, 06:40 PM
Location: Chicago
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FYI, there's no beaches on Isles.

Of the ones listed:

Superior, Mille Lacs, all of the legal MPLS lakes, Minnetonka, and Peppin.

Earliest in the year was April for a lake (Moose) and January for a river (fell through the ice on the Mississippi). Latest in the year was December on Cedar-- it was a pretty warm day in early December, so a few of us decided to do it just to say we swam in a Minnesota lake in December.

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Old 07-03-2012, 01:37 AM
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Earliest - June
Latest - late August
Lived in Alexandria for 9 years (1980's) Loved it!
Lake Mary, Lake Carlos, Lake Ida, Lake Miltona, Lake Minnewaska (south of Alex), Otter Tail Lake (NW of Alex)
Fished in many, many more
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Old 07-03-2012, 08:57 AM
Location: Sioux Falls, SD area
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Nothing like swimming in Leech Lake. When you come out of the water, you've always got little hitchhikers hanging on. An aptly named lake.
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Old 07-03-2012, 09:39 AM
Location: Mableton, GA USA (NW Atlanta suburb, 4 miles OTP)
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I"ve been swimming in a few. Lake Superior, Lake Minnetonka, Pelican Lake, Greer Lake, Cross Lake, Big Stone Lake, Lake Calhoun, Shady Oak Lake in Hopkins, Libbs Lake in Minnetonka back when it had a public beach (not sure if it still does), Many Point Lake, probably a few others.

Swimming (wading, really) in Lake Superior in late May was perhaps not smart. It's cold!
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Old 07-03-2012, 06:16 PM
Location: North Pole Alaska
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Every year we would go for a swim in Cass Lake the day the ice went out. It was also the day that we would put the dock in.
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Old 07-16-2012, 11:36 PM
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Oh boy the earliest was in April on round lake (gull chain)! Latest, September. Brrr.
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