F-13, No. Gunflint Trail,
Gunflint, Bearskin Lakes
4, Gunflint Lake
- DNR Lake No.160314
- Lake Map No. C0275
- Lake Table No. 10C
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Henson 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 rarely even an eighth
Henson supports four established campsites
stretched out along its great length, one opposite the portage into Otto,
two on opposing shores near the mouth of Otto Creek, and one in the east
end just west of the Pillsbery portage.
There are several east/west routes through
this eastern end of the BWCA, following the topography of its long, narrow
lakes. Henson sits on one of these, from Horseshoe
in the east to Long Island in the west.
Its east end serves as a short link in one of the few north/south routes
through this region, from Meeds in the north south
to Gaskin and Winchell.
Neither of these is a preferred route for most travelers, however, which
makes the Henson route especially appealing. The heavy traffic tends to
stay farther to the south, the highway running from Horseshoe through Gaskin
to Winchell and beyond to Brule.
The Henson area is prime moose and wolf
habitat though the heavily wooded shores tend to limit sighting opportunities.
Notes and Comments
While the route through Henson generally
provides a small scale alternative to a long paddle on Winchell, Henson
can be quite the long paddle itself, especially into the face of a stiff
prevailing westerly in this long and narrow corridor.
Last updated on
11 April, 2004