About White Bear Lake


The Lake is east of Hwy 61 and south of hwy 96.  Cities of White Bear, Mahtomedi, Dellwood, Birchwood and White Bear Township surround the lake.

Species Present in lake:

Walleye – Average size and abundance
Northern Pike – Average size, above average abundance
Muskie – Average size and abundance, with some larger ones present
Largemouth Bass –Average size and abundance, with some larger ones present
Smallmouth Bass – Average size, low abundance

Bluegill –Average size, above average abundance with some larger ones present
Crappie – Above average abundance, average size
Bullhead Species –Below average abundance, average size
Yellow Perch – Low abundance and small in size

Boat Access:

Ramsey County Beach – Free.  There are 37 parking spaces.  Located Hwy 96 east of Hwy 61.  Portable restrooms on site, washroom, picnic area and beach adjacent to boat access.

Matoska Park – Annual permit required from the City of White Bear Lake.  15 parking spaces.  Located 6th street east of Hwy 61 to Lake Ave N then south to park in White Bear Lake.  Picnic area and washroom adjacent to parking area.

White Bear Docking – Private facility with launch fee.  North on S. Lake Ave. from White Bear Ave.  Portable restrooms on site.

Shore Fishing:

There are two public fishing piers on this lake, in addition to undeveloped public land along hwy 96 adjacent to the north shore of the lake.

Lions Pier – East of Hwy 61 on frontage rd to White Bear Ave.

City Pier – North of White Bear Ave off Lake Ave S. adjacent to the VFW.

Management Plan:

  1. Fisheries standard lake survey in 2018.
  2. Fisheries targeted lake survey for Muskie in 2017 and 2018.
  3. Stock 1,314 pounds of Walleye fingerlings annually.
  4. Allow stocking of Muskie fingerlings or yearlings by private sector.

Aquatic Invasive Species Alert:

White Bear Lake contains Eurasian watermilfoil and zebra mussels.  Please remove any visible plants from your boat, trailer, or other boating equipment before leaving the lake.  Drain all water from boats and equipment before leaving as well.

Comments about the lake:

White Bear Lake is a popular fishing lake.  Largemouth Bass are one of the favorite targets of the summer angler.  Northern Pike are easily caught but they tend to be small (18-22 inches).  Walleye fishing is better in the early in the season and in the fall.  Anglers need to be prepared to compete with many recreational boaters especially on the weekends and holidays.

Ice Fishing is also very popular on White Bear Lake.  Panfish, Northern Pike, and Walleye are all targets of the ice anglers.  Please be aware when going on the ice to do so with caution as there are springs present as well as open water areas.

For fishing regulations please see the Minnesota DNR website for further information.


Board Meeting Dates 2018

Jan 16, Feb 20, Mar 20, Apr 17, May 15, June 19, July 17, Aug 21, Sept 18, Oct 16, Nov 20, 
Dec. - No Meeting

Agenda for WBLCD Meeting

Agenda July 17, 2018 Board Meeting

The Lake Utilization Commttee meeting scheduled for 6 pm on July 17 has been cancelled.

Articles About Water Issues

Lake Level: The elevation of White Bear Lake has historically ranged from its low point of 918.8 feet in 2013 to its high point of 926.7 feet in 1943.  The current lake level is updated online several times daily by the Minnesota DNR.  See the current lake level here.

The lake or the lawn? Watering ban hangs over heads of White Bear Lake neighborsPioneer Press, June 1, 2018
Cities win one-year reprieve from White Bear Lake ruling - Star Tribune, May 21, 2018
DNR files appeal in lake lawsuit case - White Bear Press, May 16, 2018
Fight over groundwater pumping follows White Bear Lake ruling - Star Tribune, May 20, 2018
Another city joins targeted 10 in challenging court order - White Bear Press, April 11, 2018
Mission remains to restore lake; proponents say legislation shortsighted - White Bear Press, April 11, 2018

More Articles

Find Your Dock

Lake treatment for milfoil will be happening this Wednesday, June 20 and possibly Thursday, June 21.
2018 White Bear EWM Delineation June 4
Treatment areas

FROM 11:30 A.M.  TO  3:30 P.M. 

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Meeting Dates

dothWBLCD Board
The next meeting will be held June 19, 2018 at 7:00 pm in the Council Chambers in the White Bear Lake City Hall. View past meeting video recording>>>
dothLake Education Committee
Next meeting to be announced.
dothLake Quality Committee
Meets the First Tuesday of each month at 7:00 pm in the White Bear Lake City Hall.
dothLake Utilization Committee
Next meeting is June 19, 2018 at 6 pm in the Council Chambers.
dothLake Level Resolution Committee
Next meeting to be announced.