- Bushwhack Northeast, 160 rods, to Agawato
- Bushwhack West, 80 rods, to Woksapiwi Creek
Lac La Croix, Nina Moose Lakes
- DNR Lake No.
- Lake Map No. N/A
- Lake Table No. 2A
- MDH Fish Consumption
Advisory - N/A
- MPCA Water Quality
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Dogfish is a small lake in the Loon
River drainage, 14¾ milles ESE of Crane Lake and 26 miles northwest
of Ely. Not much more than a half mile from end-to-end, Dogfish has
no apparent outlet, only marshy seepages, and in particular, the broad wetlands
of the Woksapiwi Creek drainage to the west.
The forests which ring Dogfish Lake have grown up since the stand replacing
fire of 1864, excepting only a small area off the north end of the lake
which dates back to the mid-18th century (1755-1759). 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.
Dogfish supports no established campsites.
Dogfish is not on any established canoe
route and is not accessible except by bushwhacking. An approach from
Agawato, holding chiefly to upland terrain, is
probably preferable to a marshy approach from the Woksapiwi Creek side.
If you do get in to Dogfish, send us a photo. We'll publish it here.
(It's the only way most BWCA paddlers will ever get to see this remote little
The remote, marshy region is probably
good moose habitat and, if so, good for wolf as well.
Notes and Comments
The origins of the name are somewhat obscure.
The Burbot (Lota lota)
is sometimes known as a Dogfish, but is a creature of large, deep waters.
The only other native Minnesota fish known to be called a dogfish, the Bowfin
(Amia calva) does not occur in these northern waters.
Last updated on
11 April, 2004