Muskeg Lake

Making Connections


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


  • DNR Lake No.160427
  • Lake Map No. C1119
  • Lake Table No. 10C
Muskeg Lake
Scale 1:21420
Full image approximately 2 miles square


Muskeg is a small lake, not unlike an arrowhead in form, pointing west to Long Island, a short paddle and a 24 rod portage away. The portage off the east end is legendary, dropping some 150' into the Long Island basin from the higher ground to the east. Most of the change in elevation is concentrated in something under 100 rods of the 185 rod portage, making the haul up from Muskeg to Kiskadinna a serious workout, especially if you're packing aluminum.


Muskeg is a small lake, and has but one campsite, but it is a fine one, elevated on a rocky point extending from the eastern shore.

Planning Considerations

There are several east/west routes through this eastern end of the BWCA, following the topography of its long, narrow lakes. Muskeg sits near the end of the Pillsbery/Henson route, running from Horseshoe in the east to Long Island in the west. If you're averse to hill climbing with a canoe on your back, you may want to plan your route so that you descend the portage into Muskeg.


Notes and Comments

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Last updated on 11 April, 2004