Big Marine Lake Info

The lake is only 35 minutes from ST.Paul and Minneapolis. 15 Minute commute from Stillwater-20-25 from wisconsin. Below you can find all the information you need on the lake. If you are seeking to live on the water this is a great place to start very clean.

Big Marine Lake is a Beautiful lake close to Forest lake-Square lake-Big  Carnelian-15 Minutes to Stillwater -25 minutes to St.Paul-Minneapolis.
Big marine lake is 1746 acre lake spring fed around 9.5 water clarity. Lots of fish. Once in a while some one catches a big fish. Mostly known for Bass-Panfish-Pike..

Big Marine Park Reserve opened 2008.

Very nice park with a beautiful beach and walking paths. Awsome play ground for children. There is the vets camp for veterens on the lake.
A few boat launches 1 at the north end of the lake is free. The south end in the park costs money.
Lake information report

Name: Big Marine
Nearest Town: Forest Lake
Primary County: Washington

Public Access Information
Ownership Type Description
County Concrete South west shoreline
DNR Concrete South east shoreline
DNR Concrete North end of lake


Lake Characteristics

Lake Area (acres): 1799.18
Littoral Area(acres): 1152
Maximum Depth (ft): 60
Water Clarity(ft): 8.5 (7.1-9.9)
Dominant Bottom Substrate: Sand (Abundant)
Abundance of Aquatic Plants: 41 Varieties Sampled
Maximum Depth of Plant Growth (ft): 12.6 (4-23)
Fish Sampled for the 2008 Survey Year

15 minutes from forest lake-

Minnesota lake shore is our specialty..

Big Marine Park reserve is a beautiful park I highly recommend taking the kids to the park. There is a nice beach-trails-fishing pier-boat launch- I have been going to Big Marine for over 35 years it is a great clean lake close to the twin cities metro areas.

Big Marine Park Reserve is in the northern part of Washington County. The park was selected as a regional facility because of its excellent natural resource features, including the St. Croix Valley/northeast ground moraine and high-quality upland and wetland wildlife habitat. When completed, the park will be 1,800 acres, with 80 percent of its acreage set aside for preservation and protection. This 80 percent will eventually resemble the land as it was prior to the arrival of the settlers in the mid-1800s.


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A 100-foot, handicap accessible fishing pier is available Big Marine Park Reserve north of the swimming beach area. The facility is the only public fishing pier on the 1,800-acre Big Marine Lake and represents the best place to introduce children to the sport of fishing. Big Marine Lake is an excellent fishery with healthy populations of panfish, largemouth bass, northern pike, and walleye.

 Fishing poles and tackle are available at the park’s contact station. Simply stop by the building, check out the fishing equipment and let the fun begin. FIN fishing equipment is also available at Lake Elmo Park Reserve and St. Croix Bluffs Regional Park. The contact station also sells bait and fishing licenses.

Boat launches are open from 6 a.m. to one half-hour after sunset (St Croix Bluffs boat launch closes at 11 p.m.).

Featured at five Washington County Parks, swimming beaches are a great way to cool down in the summer heat. Offering clean, pristine waters, the county’s swimming beaches are some of the best in the region.Washington County provides five distinct swimming opportunities. Big Marine Park Reserve Swimming Beach is on the gentle grade of Big Marine Lake, which makes this beach great for families. Lake Elmo Park Reserve features a man-made two-acre swimming pond that is chlorinated and filtered. Point Douglas Park provides 510 feet of sandy beach and many scenic views of the St. Croix River. Square Lake Park offers 690 feet of sandy beach on the clearest and cleanest lake in the seven-county metro area. St. Croix Bluffs Regional Park has a small beach on the waters of the beautiful St. Croix River.

Beach Rules

 For the protection of park resources and facilities and for the enjoyment of all visitors, please observe all regulations posted throughout the park:

Children six years of age or under must be accompanied by an adult in the water.

  • All children must be supervised by an adult.
  • Dogs are not allowed on beaches or picnic areas.  They are allowed on hiking trails only and must be on a leash.
  • Possession or consumption of alcoholic beverages, including 3.2 beer, is prohibited.
  • Smoking is not allowed on the sand, but is allowed in the grassy areas.
  • All flotation devices, including water wings, air mattresses, kickboards, tubes, and noodles are not permitted.
  • Coast Guard approved life jackets are allowed.
  • Glass containers are not permitted.
  • Please use swim diapers.
  • Safety breaks are taken every hour between noon and 8 p.m.  Please listen for lifeguard directions.

Parents, please watch your children!

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