Contest Lake

Making Connections

  • Paddle Southwest, 30 rods, to the Stuart River


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


  • DNR Lake No. 690209
  • Lake Map No. N/A
  • Lake Table No. 2A
  • MDH Fish Consumption Advisory - N/A
  • MPCA Water Quality
Contest Lake
Scale 1:21420
Full image approximately 2 miles square


Contest is a small lake in the Stuart River drainage of the Iron Lake basin, 24 miles ESE of Crane Lake and 20 miles NNW of Ely. Barely a quarter mile across, Contest drains into the Stuart River 1¾ miles above Stuart Lake. The forests which ring Contest Lake are largely of 1875 origins, with those off the eastern shore dating back only to the fires of 1894. This region of the BWCA escaped damage in the 4th of July windstorms of 1999, which caused such extensive tree loss to the south and east.


Contest Lake supports no established campsites.

Planning Considerations

Contest Lake is on a short spur off the Stuart River route, barely 30 rods up a small creek. The creek may be navigable, but be prepared for liftovers and the usual obstacles of small, wilderness streams. To the east lies the Sundial Lake Primitive Management Area (PMA).


The shores of Contest are quite marshy, as is much of the area immediately downriver. Probably good moose habitat.

Notes and Comments

Contest is something of a deadend destination and probably not oft visited.

Line of Spruce Trees

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Last updated on 11 April, 2004