Battle Lake

Making Connections

  • Portage Northeast, 140 rods, to Hassel
  • Portage South, 32 rods, to Phantom


  • Fisher F-9, Cummings, Big Moose, Fourtown Lakes
  • McKenzie No. 16, Burntside Lake


  • DNR Lake No. 690300
  • Lake Map No. C1291
  • Lake Table No. 1
  • MDH Fish Consumption Advisory - N/A
  • MPCA Water Quality - N/A
Battle Lake
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Full image approximately 2 miles square


Battle is a small, relatively shallow lake in the Phantom Creek drainage of the Vermilion basin, 29 miles southeast of Crane Lake and 12¾ miles WNW of Ely. Oriented in a north/south direction, the lake is ¾ mile long and up to ¼ mile across, its 74 acres having a maximum depth of 24', though some 90% of Battle is in the shallow littoral zone (less than 15' deep). The lake has a measured water clarity (Sechi disk) of 6'.

The Battle Lake area was not significantly affected by the Independence Day windstorms of 1999.


Battle supports one established campsite, on a point in the north end.

Planning Considerations

Battle is part of a group of small, interconnected lakes clustered near the southern boundary of the BWCAW, just to the southwest of Crab. Other lakes in the group are Boulder, Clark, Glimmer, Hassel, Meat, Phantom, Saca, and Sprite.


Battle supports populations of Bluegill (Lepomis macrochirus), Largemouth Bass (Micropterus salmoides), Northern Pike (Esox lucius), Walleye (Stizostedion vitreum), and White Sucker (Catostomus commersoni).

Notes and Comments


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Last updated on 11 April, 2004