Wisconsin vs. Minnesota...Who has more lakes? No two websites, books, or DNR pamphlets can come to an agreement on this. One recently published book has Wisconsin checking in at 14,927 lakes, Minnesota at 11,842. The State DNR website has Wisconsin at 15,081 lakes. The Minnesota DNR lists 11,842 lakes(10 acres or more). At least Minnesota is consistent - they always clock in at 11,842. Wisconsin sources report everything from 12,348 to 15,081 to 14,324 and often neglect to specify the acreage of the numbered lakes. My own answer is, "I don't know."
Satellite imaging at LakeSat.org gives Wisconsin "...nearly 15,000 lakes"(I love those accurate figures)and Minnesota "...over 10,000."
Whats the deal here? Should our neighbor to the west put it's convicts to work and change it's "Land of 10,000 Lakes" license plates? Does our neighbor to the west even have convicts?...and didn't they surrender the day after 9/11?. Here are some facts, courtesy a detailed 2 year study of all bodies of water contained in the continental United States....
If you include all bodies of water smaller than 10 acres(In Wisconsin, we call them "ponds"),then Minnesota has more "lakes" than Wisconsin. However, using this criteria, Texas, Missouri, Florida, Oklahoma and Mississippi all have more lakes than Minnesota. Minnesota does have more total lake/pond/pothole acreage than Wisconsin. In conclusion, It all depends upon the definition of how big a lake must be in order to be called a "lake".
Wisconsin Water Facts
1 - Door County has more lighthouses and miles of shoreline than any other county in the United States.
2 - Wisconsin Dells is the Water Park capital of the world. The entire Water Park concept was pioneered there.
3 - Wisconsin has about 1.2 million billion gallons (4.5 million billion liters) of water underground—if it were above ground, it would submerge the state in 100 feet (30 meters) of water.
4 - Wisconsin has more than 15,000 lakes and 13,500 miles (21,700 kilometers) of navigable streams and rivers.
5 - With 28 lakes, the Eagle River chain of lakes is the largest in the world.
6 - Wisconsin is the home of the inboard/outboard motor industry. Norwegian Ole Evinrude of Jefferson, Wisconsin is the "Father of the Outboard Motor."
I would like to add that water skiing was invented in Minnesota, and that the Gopher State has more boats per person (1 for every 6 people) than we do...and that Garrison Kiellor has property on the Wisconsin River.