Lunetta Lake

Making Connections

  • Paddle East, to Little Crab
  • Portage South, 370 rods, to Hassel
  • Portage West, 60 rods, up Schlamn Creek


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


  • DNR Lake No. 690295
  • Lake Map No. C2598
  • Lake Table No. 1
  • MDH Fish Consumption Advisory - N/A
  • MPCA Water Quality - N/A
Lunetta Lake
Scale 1:21420
Full image approximately 2 miles square


Lunetta is a small, shallow lake at the head of Lunetta Creek in the Little Indian Sioux drainage, 27¾ miles southeast of Crane Lake and 12½ miles WNW of Ely. Crudely and irregularly triangular in form, Lunetta contains the mouth of Schlamn Creek in its western end and that of Hassel Creek in its southern arm, while at its eastern end, the lake narrows to become Lunetta Creek, eastward bound for Little Crab. Lunetta covers 88 acres to a maximum depth of only 14', with a measured water clarity of 4½'.

From the northeastern corner of the lake, a 60 rod portage trail bypasses the lower reaches of Schlamn Creek upstream as far as the mouth of Princess Creek, at which point Schlamn Creek becomes navigable. At the end of Lunetta's south arm, a 370 rod carry runs southward, up along Hassel Creek to Hassel Lake. Lunetta Creek, leaving from the far eastern end of the lake, is generally navigable down to Little Crab.

While there was some scattered tree loss in the area, the lake itself, and its connecting portages, were largely the Independence Day windstorms of 1999.


Lunetta supports a single established campsite, on the east shore of the lake's southern arm.

Planning Considerations

Lunetta is a link in the route from Buck southeast to Crab, passing through Western, Glenmore, Schlamn, Lunetta, and Little Crab.

Lunetta is included in Beymer, The Boundary Waters Canoe Area, vol. 1, The Western Region, routes 2, 4, and 12.


Lunetta supports populations of Bluegill (Lepomis macrochirus), Largemouth Bass (Micropterus salmoides), Northern Pike (Esox lucius), Rock Bass (Ambloplites rupestris), Smallmouth Bass (Micropterus dolomieui), White Sucker (Catostomus commersoni), and Yellow Perch (Perca flavescens).

Notes and Comments


Line of Spruce Trees

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Last updated on 11 April, 2004