Lucky Finn Lake

Making Connections

  • Bushwhack East, 90 rods, to the Hustler River
  • Bushwhack Southwest, 190 rods, up Rangeline Creek to Lower Rangeline Lake


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


  • DNR Lake No. 690352
  • Lake Map No. N/A
  • Lake Table No. 2A
  • MDH Fish Consumption Advisory - N/A
  • MPCA Water Quality
Lucky Finn Lake
Scale 1:21420
Full image approximately 2 miles square


Lucky Finn is a small, remote lake on Rangeline Creek in the Lac La Croix drainage basin, 14 miles east of Crane Lake and 30½ miles NNW of Ely. The topography to the west is low and marshy, with low hills to the north, east, and south. The mouth of Rangeline Creek is in the southwest corner of the lake, down from Rangeline Lake, a mile upstream. The creek's outlet is in the southeast, 90 rods, and 37' above, its confluence with the Hustler River.

The forests to the west of Lucky Finn, so far as Brigand, burned last in the fires of 1864. Those off the northern and eastern sides of the lake burned, in all probability burned again, in the next big fire year of 1894. The area south to Rangeline probably survived at least the later fire, as it was logged off for sawtimber during the First World War by the Virginia and Rainy Lake Lumber Company. 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.


Lucky Finn Lake supports no established campsites but because of its location in a Primitive Management Area, primitive camping by permit is allowed.

Planning Considerations

Lucky Finn is in the Weeny Lake Primitive Management Area, and well removed from regular canoe routes. All connections to nearby lakes and streams are without benefit of established portage though the distances are not unreasonable. It's 130 rods northeast to Nahimana, 90 rods to the Hustler River, 220 rods west to Pageant, and 235 rods northwest to Brigand. (Actual distance on the ground dependent upon route chosen, of course). The Lucky Finn also provides reasonably good access to other parts of the Weeny Lake PMA, south up the Hustler River to Posse and the chain of small lakes below Hustler Lake, up Rangeline Creek to Rangeline and Achundo, and down Pageant Creek to Heritage and East Loon Bay.


The area off the western shore of Lucky Finn, including Rangeline Creek, is quite marshy and holds good potential for moose and other denizens of the wetlands.

Notes and Comments

Lucky Finn, and the surrounding PMA, is not for the faint of heart. You need to know what you're getting into, be unconcerned with muck, and unintimidated by alder thicket. This is, after all, wilderness. (And what we are in search of when we come to the BWCA).

The identity of the lucky Finn remains elusive.

Line of Spruce Trees

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Last updated on 11 April, 2004