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For the similarly named lake in Manitoba, Canada, see Lake Winnipegosis.
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Lake Winnibigoshish
Location Leech Lake Indian Reservation, Cass / Itasca counties, Minnesota, United States
Type Reservoir
Primary inflows Mississippi River
Primary outflows Mississippi River
Basin countries United States
Surface area 56,471.4 acres (22,853.2 ha)
Max. depth 69.8 ft (21.3 m)

Lake Winnibigoshish is a body of water in north central Minnesota, in the Chippewa National Forest. Its name comes from the Ojibwe language Wiinibiigoonzhish, a diminutive and pejorative form of Wiinibiig, meaning "filthy water" (i.e., "brackish water"). The name is related in structure to Lake Winnipeg and to the Algonquian name for Green Bay, which the Ho-chunk (Winnebago) Nation was named after.

The former Winnibigoshish Township (now unorganized), located on the north shore of Lake Winnibigoshish, in Itasca County, Minnesota, was named after this lake.

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