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Bearskin Lake
West Bearskin Lake, Birch Lake, Muko-waiani
Location of Bearskin Lake in Minnesota
Location of Bearskin Lake in Minnesota
Bearskin Lake
Location in Minnesota
Location Cook County, Minnesota
Group Boundary Waters Canoe Area
Coordinates 48°03′58″N 90°25′36″W / 48.066°N 90.426765°W / 48.066; -90.426765
Type oligotrophic, glacial
Basin countries United States
Surface area 493 acres (200 ha)
Average depth 31 ft (9.4 m)
Max. depth 78 ft (24 m)
Residence time 17 years

Bearskin Lake is an oligotrophic glacial lake near the Boundary Waters Canoe Area (BWCA) in Minnesota, United States. The name Bearskin Lake is an English translation of the Ojibwe-language name Muko-waiani. Bearskin Lake is a source of control sediment for US federal sediment toxicity studies. Bearskin Lake is home to Camp Menogyn, a YMCA camp only accessible by boat.

Sediments and scientific significance

Due to the cleanliness of the lake and the physical attributes of its sediment, Bearskin Lake sediment is ideal for sediment toxicity testing. Bearskin Lake sediment is used as a control sediment in the federal government's toxicity tests and was used to develop the US EPA's toxicity testing methods.

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