Big Lake is a city in Sherburne County, Minnesota, United States. The population was 10,060 at the 2010 census.
U.S. Highway 10 and Minnesota State Highway 25 are two of the main routes in Big Lake.
Big Lake is located 41 miles northwest of Minneapolis; and 27 miles southeast of St. Cloud.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 2.92 square miles (7.56 km2); 2.11 square miles (5.46 km2) is land and 0.81 square miles (2.10 km2) is water. A portion of the city lies along the Elk River.
Located about forty-one miles northwest of the Twin Cities, Big Lake was once a popular location for escapes from the city, its lakes dotted with summer cabins. Now it is considered an exurb of the metro area, with a significant portion of residents commuting into the Cities daily.
The lake for which the town is named was once an important part of the Twin Cities economy, as in the days before modern refrigerators, much of the ice for metropolitan iceboxes was harvested from Big Lake.
Big Lake station is currently the northernmost terminus of the Northstar Commuter Rail line connecting the northwest suburbs and downtown Minneapolis; the line will be extended to St. Cloud at some point in the future.