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I was interested in getting a couple of questions answered. For many years I fished Birch Lake a couple of miles East of Remer.We went in thru Oscar Sorums farm and camped by the secluded lake.Is there still a place to access the lake? and can a person still camp there? Thanx in advance.jjrhsr

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Hey I Like Worms,

Do you know Rich Cleveland? Is he still living? I know he was in pretty bad shape a few years back. He lives (or did) down 200 also, on the north side, closer to Little Birch. I knew him well as he used to be from Prior Lake and I live in Jordan.

We used to have a cabin on the township road where 200 meets Hwy 6. If you took a right on that gravel road, our cabin was the first one on the right. The brother inlaw uses it now and it is pretty run down.

We bought a place over towards Longville (Townline Lake) in 1990. Back in the 70's and 80's we fish Birch allot. Used to get some monster sunnies and crappies. My father inlaw even caught a few walleyes one summer, but only that one time. I haven’t been out there since the mid 90's and did't do to well then. The lake seemed very high at that time.

Oscar died aleast ten years ago and his son was living there. He would still let you access the lake like his dad did, but I think he has since sold the farm. So I don't know if you can still get in there or not.

Take care.

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We have a place just on the other side of hwy 200 across from birch. To my knowledge, there is only one person that owns any land on the lake, can't recall the name. Might be the one you spoke of. They have kind of a shack setup in the SW corner, and that is where his land accesses the lake. The rest of the land around there I think is all state land. But it is swampy/boggy and I wouldn't think there would be any place to camp other then in the SW corner where that guy’s property is. I would imagine that if you know him and get permission, you would be able to camp out there. It is a gorgeous lake. I fish it a lot.
Now for the bad news. There is no public access to the lake. The only access is either through that guy’s farm or up the creek. And thanks to the idiots that broke up the beaver **** a few weeks ago, (if you read this THANKS [email protected]@HOLE!!), you can no longer run a boat up it, you must get out and walk it in. Water level is down about 5 inches too, so that doesn't help. Oh, and more bad news. I have been fishing that lake now regular for the last 5 years, and this year has been just awful. In the past we have caught really nice crappies and sunfish out there, this year, up until last weekend, I have caught nothing but fricken northerns and rock bass. Last weekend I finally caught a few sunfish, but nothing like in the past. There is definitely something going on in that lake, something taking it's toll on the panfish.
So I hope that doesn't put a damper on your camping trip. Like I said, it is a nice lake. Just hope the fishing turns around soon. On the bright side, there are lots of other lakes to go to in the area.

John
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Thanks for all the info. When we fished it years ago we netted crappies up to 2#. My wife got one in once at 2# 8 1/20z. We also trolled with heavy white jigs and sucker minnows back then, many northerns from 3 to 10#, Largest was 18# in the late 70's. We are leaving for Pleasant lake near Hackensack on Sat 7/6, I may just run over their mid next week and see if the landowner would allow us to go back there. Thanx for all your help.By the way, I am from Owatonna. <<<jjrhsr>>>

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