Bibon Lake

Making Connections

  • Portage Southeast, 148 rods, to Sterling
  • Portage Southwest, 10 rods, to Nibin


  • Fisher F-16, Loon, Lac La Croix, Nina Moose Lakes
  • McKenzie 12, Moose River


  • DNR Lake No. 690207
  • Lake Map No. N/A
  • Lake Table No. 2A
  • MDH Fish Consumption Advisory - N/A
  • MPCA Water Quality
Bibon Lake
Scale 1:21420
Full image approximately 2 miles square


Bibon is a small lake in the Stuart River drainage of the Lac La Croix basin, 24¼ miles ESE of Crane Lake and 20½ miles NNW of Ely. Less than a half mile long and rather narrow, Bibon lies tucked in at the base of a high hill, rising 125' above its northern shore. Bibon has no apparent inlet streams, its outflow exiting the west end of the lake for nearby Nibin. A 10 rod portage connects the two lakes. Out of Bibon's eastern end, a much longer portage heads southeast, 148 rods, to Sterling. It climbs steadily, gaining 68' in elevation over the first 122 rods, before dropping steeply into Sterling.

The forests to the north and east of Bibon are relatively young, dating back to the major, stand replacing fires of 1894. Those to the south are somewhat older, the area having last burned in 1875. This region of the BWCA escaped damage in the 4th of July windstorms of 1999, which caused extensive tree loss to the south and east.


Bibon is a small lake and supports no established campsites.

Planning Considerations

Bibon sits on the Sterling route, running east/west from Stuart, through Nibin, Bibon, and Sterling, down Sterling Creek to the Beartrap River below Sunday Lake.

Bibon is included in Beymer, The Boundary Waters Canoe Area, vol. 1, The Western Region, routes 9, 15, 17, 21, and 22.


Notes and Comments

Bibon is the Ojibwe word for winter. It is also their word for year. Bibon's companion lake to the west is named Nibin, the Ojibwe word for summer.

Line of Spruce Trees

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Last updated on 11 April, 2004