North Long Lake is a 5,998 acre lake, with a sandy shoreline encompassing 19.8 miles (7 miles long). Its deepest point is 97 feet. There are currently 571 homes and cabins on the lake including 7 campgrounds or resorts.
North Long is known as one of the best fishing and recreational lakes in the Brainerd lakes area. It has a tremendous walleye and bass population with above average numbers of pan fish throughout the lake's 3 basins.
The water clarity (transparency) has steadily improved over the past 25 years from a reading of 8.5 feet in 1976 to a remarkable 15.2 feet average clarity in 2002. This has been accomplished through the efforts of your Association and lake neighbors. They help identify sources of pollution such as run-off, non-compliant septic tanks and the education of lake residents on proper lake stewardship including the use of non-phosphorus containing fertilizers.
The association has had an active water testing program in place since 1994. These tests sample the lake monthly to identify any problems before they become difficult to manage.
The site is supported by the North Long Lake Association whose members are dedicated to preserving the environs and promoting the Lake's usage and enjoyment.
Information on North Long from the Minnesota DNR can be found here.
North Long is lucky to be the home of many nesting loons. Loons, who mate for life, winter in the Gulf of Mexico and return every year to the same "summer home". Please don't get too close to loon nests, especially when chicks are present.
Aquatic Invasive Species
Aquatic invasive species (AIS), both plant and animal, are a fact of life in Minnesota lakes. The association, working closely with the DNR and Crow Wing County, works hard to prevent and control AIS. Our access cameras are an integral element of our prevention effort.
Water quality is perhaps the most important long-term issue for our lake. The association contracts with AW Reseach Labs to conduct tests and evaluate results.