Skipper Lake

Making Connections

  • Portage East, 320 rods to Entry Point on Poplar Lake
  • Portage West, 10 rods, to Little Rush


  • Fisher F-13, No. Gunflint Trail, Gunflint, Bearskin Lakes
  • McKenzie 3, Ballclub Lake


  • DNR Lake No.160304
  • Lake Map No. N/A
  • Lake Table No. 10C
Skipper Lake
Scale 1:21420
Full image approximately 2 miles square


Skipper is a smaller lake tucked just inside the northern border of the BWCAW and less than two miles south of County Road 12, the Gunflint Trail. Just over 100 acres in area and 30' deep, it is barely a mile long on its east/west axis; a quarter mile across at its east end. It is one of the entry point lakes (#49) on the Rush/Banadad route that runs west from Poplar to Long Island. Out of its northeastern end, a 320 rod portage (a full mile) loses 70' of elevation as it drops into Poplar to the east. From the west end, a 21 rod carry connects with Little Rush and 50 rods beyond with Rush.


Skipper is a smaller lake and supports but one established campsite, along its northern shore.

Planning Considerations

The route through Skipper, on the Rush/Banadad route, 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 Rush/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. West beyond Banadad, one faces four portages totalling nearly 600 rods before reaching the next campsite, on Long Island.


Skipper supports populations of Northern Pike (Esox lucius), Walleye (Stizostedion vitreum), White Sucker (Catostomus commersoni), and Yellow Perch (Perca flavescens).

Notes and Comments

After a week of portaging in the BWCAW, the mile long descent (some 70') out from Skipper goes remarkably quickly. Nothing like practice, (and perhaps the promise of the ice cold beverage of choice at the other end).

Line of Spruce Trees

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Last updated on 11 April, 2004