Okamanpeedan Lake Information (Geography)

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Okamanpeedan Lake
Location Emmet County, Iowa / Martin County, Minnesota, US
Coordinates 43°30′20″N 94°34′30″W / 43.50556°N 94.57500°W / 43.50556; -94.57500
OKAMANPEEDAN LAKE Latitude and Longitude:

43°30′20″N 94°34′30″W / 43.50556°N 94.57500°W / 43.50556; -94.57500
Primary inflowsEast Fork of the Des Moines River
Primary outflowsEast Fork of the Des Moines River
Catchment area120,056 acres (48,585 ha)
Basin countriesUnited States
Surface area2,300 acres (930 ha)
Surface elevation1,227 feet (374 m)

Okamanpeedan (or Okamanpadu) Lake, partially located in Martin County, Minnesota, and Emmet County, Iowa, is also known as Tuttle Lake. Okamanpeedan Lake is a roughly 2,300-acre (9.3 km²) riverine lake located on the East Fork of the Des Moines River. It has an average depth of about four to six feet (1.2 to 1.8 m). The lake has a contributing watershed of approximately 120,056 acres (486 km²) and watershed:lake ratio on the order of about 50:1. The lake is situated in a glacial till plain and is generally in an area dominated by loamy, poorly drained soils. The area is primarily level but does have some rolling hills [1].

Okamanpeedan Lake was explored by Joseph Nicollet during his 1838 expedition. He recognized the native American name for the lake, which means "nesting place of the herons", because of the large number of herons nesting in tall trees along its shores. [2] Calvin Tuttle was the first settler along the lake, thus that became another name for this body of water. [3]

Okamanpeedan's southwest shore is home to the Tuttle Lake Recreation Area, which includes sixty campsites and a boat launch [4]. Okamanpeedan State Park, maintained by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, is located on the body's southeast shoreline [5].

Fish found in Okamanpeedan Lake include walleye, northern pike, crappie, yellow perch, bullhead, catfish and American Grass carp. [6]


  1. ^ "1998 Summer Lake Study". Minnesota DNR and Iowa DNR. p. 3. Retrieved 22 October 2019.
  2. ^ Pratt, LeRoy G (1975). Discovering Historic Iowa (PDF). Iowa State Dept. of Education. p. 76. Retrieved 24 January 2016.
  3. ^ Upham, Warren (1920). Minnesota Geographic Names: Their Origin and Historic Significance, Volume 17. Minnesota Historical Society. p. 337. Retrieved 24 January 2016.
  4. ^ "Tuttle Lake Recreation Area". Emmet County Conservation Board & Nature Center. Retrieved 22 October 2019.
  5. ^ "Okamanpedan State Park". Iowa DNR. Retrieved 22 October 2019.
  6. ^ "Fisheries Lake Survey". Okamanpeedan (Big Tuttle) - Fisheries Lake Survey. Minnesota DNR. Retrieved 24 January 2016.