A Guide for Buying and Managing Shoreland

A Guide for Buying and Managing Shoreland

Section 5: Lake and River Classifications

Minnesota's lakes range from the sterile, rock basin lakes of the Arrowhead region to the naturally fertile, shallow lakes of the southwest prairie region. Rivers vary from the urbanized Mississippi in the Twin Cities to remote streams trickling into Lake Superior. These different types of lakes and rivers require different development standards. A classification system was developed so that the appropriate development standards could be applied. Lakes and rivers are divided into the following classes based on a combination of factors.



Some rivers have special classifications other than those listed above. They include designation as a state or federal Wild and Scenic River, a Critical Area river, a trout stream, or special river management district.