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Minnesota Lakes, Rivers and Water Resources




Minnesota Lakes and Rivers Map
Minnesota Rivers Shown on the Map:   Big Fork River, Blue Earth River, Buffalo River, Cannon River, Chippewa River, Cloquet River, Cottonwood River, Crow River, Crow Wing River, Des Moines River, Little Fork River, Minnesota River, Mississippi River, Pomme De Terre River, Rainy River, Red Lake River, Redwood River, Root River, Roseau River, Rum River, St. Croix River and St. Louis River.

Minnesota Lakes Shown on the Map:   Big Sandy Lake, Big Stone Lake, Gull Lake, Kabetogama Lake, Lake Minnetonka, Lake of the Woods, Lake Superior, Lake Traverse, Lake Winnibigoshish, Leech Lake, Lower Red Lake, Mille Lacs Lake, Mud Lake, Otter Tail Lake, Rainy Lake, Swan Lake, Upper Red Lake and Vermilion Lake.


 Minnesota Stream and River Levels
Minnesota river levels map
The United States Geological Survey has a number of stream gages located throughout Minnesota. These estimate stream levels, discharges and record them over time. This data is published on the web and many stations allow users to plot custom graphs. Get updated Minnesota river and stream levels from USGS here.


 Minnesota Stream and River Level Alerts
Minnesota water level alerts
The United States Geological Survey has a system that will send you an email message when flood levels are reached on any steam with USGS gaging equipment that you have selected. Sign up here to recieve Minnesota stream and river level alerts.


 Minnesota Water Publications
Minnesota precipitation map
The United States Geological Survey has a number of publications related to water use and water resources in Minnesota. View the water resource publications for Minnesota here.


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 Minnesota Drought Map
Minnesota drought map
The United States Geological Survey publishes updated drought maps on their website. There you can view a map that shows where below normal 7-day average stream flow conditions were recently recorded. The maps are updated daily. Get a current Minnesota drought map here.




 Minnesota Precipitation Map
Minnesota precipitation map
The National Atlas Project has precipitation maps for Minnesota and other states that you can view online or print for personal use. These maps show the average annual precipitation levels mapped across the state. View and print an Minnesota precipitation map here. Precipitation maps prepared by the PRISM Climate Group at Oregon State University and the United States Geological Survey.


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