Green Lake

Making Connections


  • Fisher F-16, Loon, Lac La Croix, Nina Moose Lakes
  • McKenzie 13, Lac La Croix


  • DNR Lake No. 690358
  • Lake Map No. C0889
  • Lake Table No. 2A
  • MDH Fish Consumption Advisory - N/A
  • MPCA Water Quality
Green Lake
Scale 1:21420
Full image approximately 2 miles square


Green is small, shallow lake, 17 miles east of Crane Lake and 27½ miles NNW of Ely. Over a mile long and up to a half mile across, its 141 acres have a maximum depth of only 20'. Green has no apparent inlet or outlet streams, only a marshy seepage stretching to the northwest towards Gebeonequet. It is connected to Gebeonequet overland by way of a 120 rod portage out of the north end of the lake, the trail climbing nearly 50' in the first 25 rods, then leveling off before dropping nearly 100' into Gebeonequet in the final 50 rods. At the south end of Green, an 85 rod portage heads south to Rocky, gaining 66' of elevation before dropping back 38' to the Rocky shoreline. Off a small inlet along the eastern shore, just north of the campsite, an unmaintained portage (almost invisible in the lakeside reeds) heads east to Pekan.

The forests on the eastern shore of Green Lake are nearly 250 years old, dating back to the major stand replacing fires of 1755-1759, while those to the west burned again in 1864, though a few remnants of the 18th century stands remain among them. 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.


Green supports one established campsite, along its eastern shore in a fine grove of Red Pine (Pinus resinosa).

Planning Considerations

Green is a link in the Gebeonequet/Oyster route, which runs south from the mouth of Gebeonequet Creek on Pocket Creek, through Gebeonequet, Green, and Rocky lakes, to Oyster. There it connects with the east/west Pauness/Boulder Bay route, which heads north and east out of Upper and Lower Pauness on the Little Indian Sioux River through Shell, Little Shell, Lynx, Ruby, Hustler, Oyster, and Lake Agnes, to Boulder Bay on Lac La Croix. Green also provides the best access to Pekan.


Green Lake supports populations of Bluegill (Lepomis macrochirus), Green Sunfish (Lepomis cyanellus), Northern Pike (Esox lucius), White Sucker (Catostomus commersoni), and Yellow Perch (Perca flavescens).

Notes and Comments

Line of Spruce Trees

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Last updated on 11 April, 2004