Nahimana Lake

Making Connections

  • Bushwhack North, 160 rods, to Thumb
  • Bushwhack South, 130 rods, to Lucky Finn


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


  • DNR Lake No. 690353
  • Lake Map No. N/A
  • Lake Table No. 2A
  • MDH Fish Consumption Advisory - N/A
  • MPCA Water Quality - N/A
Nahimana Lake
Scale 1:21420
Full image approximately 2 miles square


Nahimana is a small, remote lake in the upper Pocket Creek drainage of the Lac La Croix basin, 14 miles ENE of Crane Lake and 31 miles NNW of Ely. Roughly triangular in form, with under half a mile to a side, Nahimana sits up among the hills, some 60' above nearby Thumb. Wooded hills bound the northwest and northeast sides, while the south side is lower and boggy. Nahimana Creek drains north, out of the northwest corner of the lake, towards Thumb. The forests which ring Nahimana Lake date back to the fires of 1894, with some older forest of 1864 vintage growing just beyond the lake's southern shore. 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.


Nahimana Lake supports one established campsite, near the outlet of Nahimana Creek in the west end of the lake.

Planning Considerations

Nahimana Lake is in the Weeny Lake Primitive Management Area, is not on any established canoe routes, and so is accessible by neither navigable waterway nor developed portage. All connections to nearby lakes are likewise without benefit of established portage though the distances are not unreasonable. It's 160 rods north to Thumb, 130 rods southwest to Brigand, 130 rods south to Lucky Finn, and 140 rods northwest to Contentment. (Actual distance on the ground dependent upon route chosen, of course). Through Lucky Finn, Nahimana also has 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.


Nahimana's relative remoteness and marshy southern shore hint at, but do not guarantee, good wildlife viewing opportunities. The quality of the fishery is unknown.

Notes and Comments

Line of Spruce Trees

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Last updated on 11 April, 2004