Banadad Lake

Making Connections

  • Portage North, 50 rods, to Rush
  • Portage West, 94 rods, to Sebeka


  • Fisher F-13, No. Gunflint Trail, Gunflint, Bearskin Lakes
  • McKenzie 4, Gunflint Lake


Banadad Lake
Scale 1:42840
Full image approximately 4 miles square


Banadad is one of many long and narrow lakes, with a distinct east/west orientation, which mark this eastern end of the BWCA. Over 2½ miles long it is barely an eighth mile wide over much of that length. It is one of the larger lakes on the route that runs west from Poplar to Long Island, located only a mile south of the BWCAW border and but two miles south of County Road 12, the Gunflint Trail. Near its far eastern end, a 50 rod portage north connects with the west end of Rush; from the Northwest corner, a 94 rod carry drops some 70' into Sebeka.


Banadad supports four established campsites, two on rocky islands, one tucked away in its northeastern arm, and the fourth along the northern shore of the narrow east end. The island site at the west end is superb, and one of the few places in the BWCA where we've found Canada Yew (Taxus canadensis) growing. This dark evergreen shrub is very tasty to moose, which have browsed it into obscurity in much of the northwoods.

Planning Considerations

The route through Banadad is probably the least traveled of the east/west routes through this region. Of the traffic from Poplar Lake (outside the BWCAW but providing access to several entry points), to the hub that is Long Island, most will drop farther south, to the Pillsbery/Henson, or Gaskin/Winchell routes. In large part this is due to the longer and more challenging portages on the Banadad route. At the east end, access is available through One Island Lake, and a 220 rod portage, or Skipper, with a 320 rod carry. Beyond Banadad to the west, one faces four portages totalling nearly 600 rods before reaching the next campsite, on Long Island.


This is moose and wolf country, so don't be surprised if one of the local packs lets loose in the middle of the night. Game fishing is poor though the lake does support some numbers of White Sucker (Catostomus commersoni), Northern Pike (Esox lucius), and Burbot (Lota lota).

Notes and Comments

Banadad is a rocky, boreal gem; well worth the trouble of getting there. The name means "lost" in the Ojibwe language of the region.

Line of Spruce Trees

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Last updated on 11 April, 2004