Deer River & Northwestern Itasca County…The Big Lakes

Northwestern Itasca County Lakes Area Real Estate covers lakefront properties on many of the larger lakes like Bowstring and Winnibigoshish (Big Winnie) about 20 to 40 miles northwest of Grand Rapids, Minnesota, and throughout this area of the Chippewa National Forest. It also includes lake homes, waterfront cabins and lots in close proximity to Highway 6 north of Deer River and west toward Wirt and Sand Lake.

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About 30 minutes to the northwest of Grand Rapids, the land changes into a blend of prairie and less dense forests, and many of the lakes become large basins. The water bodies are not so tightly wound together, so you will find many larger tracts of land between them, and not as many cabins and homes as you will to the east along the Highway 38 corridor. Lakes like Bowstring, Sand, Round, Island and Jessie are large enough to keep nearly every fisherman busy for at least a full day.

Lake Winnibigoshish is known throughout the state – and beyond – as a premier walleye lake. The northern half of the lake is in Itasca County, and the southern half in Cass County, so you may also find some of the waterfront real estate on this lake in the Bemidji Region on our site. There is very little private land on the lake in ratio to its size, although you can generally find lake properties for sale. There are also many leased properties available through the national forest at prices quite a bit lower than actually owning them.

Only a few small communities can be found within this 400 square mile area. On the southeast corner, Deer River is sizeable enough to provide most amenities needed by lake cabin owners, and Northome, in the northwest corner – just into Koochiching County – can do the same. Convenience stores and restaurants can also be found throughout the region in towns like Squaw Lake, Talmoon and Wirt.

Top Residential Real Estate Lakes
Lake Winnibigoshish: 56,470 Acres
Bowstring Lake: 9,527 Acres
Sand Lake: 3,391 Acres
Round Lake: 2,851 Acres
Jessie Lake: 1,740 Acres
Island Lake: 3,108 Acres
Dixon Lake: 607 Acres
Dora Lake: 649 Acres