Lake Leander Picnic Area

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

Picnic tables underneath tall red pines next to Lake Leander.

Lake Leander is a popular swimming area and picnic area for local residents as well as visitors. The picnic area and swimming beach is located on the southern shore of Lake Leander. Large red pines tower over this site along the lake shore. 

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At a Glance

Operational Hours: Open from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily from end of May through beginning of September.
Restrictions: No camping allowed. No ATVs allowed. No pets on the beach, except for seeing-eye dogs. Pets must be leashed in picnic area. 
Closest Towns: Virginia, MN
Water: Well
Restroom: Outhouse (Vault style)
Operated By: USDA Forest Service
Information Center: Laurentian Ranger District, 218-229-8800

General Information


Site and facilities are accessible. 


Lake Leander is located 20 miles northwest of Virginia, MN.

  • From Virginia take Highway 53 north for 14 miles to County Highway 65.
  • Go west (left) on 65 for 6 miles to the picnic/beach area entrance. 

General Notes:

This site also has a picnic shelter with a stone fireplace, a sandy beach, changing rooms and a playground area. 

No public access to lake. 

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