- Bushwhack North, 100 rods, to Brigand
- Paddle Southwest, 3 miles, down Pageant Creek,
to East Loon Bay
Lac La Croix, Nina Moose Lakes
13, Lac La
- DNR Lake No.
- Lake Map No. N/A
- Lake Table No. 2B
- MDH Fish Consumption
Advisory - N/A
- MPCA Water Quality
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Pageant is a small, remote lake at
the head of Pageant Creek in the Loon River drainage, 12¾ miles east
of Crane Lake and 31 miles NNW of Ely. Over ¾ mile long, its
east end narrows to form Pageant Creek, a tributary of Heritage Creek which
flows into Loon Lake in East Loon Bay. Pageant
has no maintained portage access.
The forests which ring Pageant Lake have largely grown up after the fires
of 1894, excepting the area to the northeast, which dates back to the
earlier 1868 fire season. 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.
Pageant Lake supports one established
campsite, along the southern shore near the west end, intended primarily
for backpackers on the Sioux Hustler Hiking Trail, which parallels the lake's
Pageant Lake is in the Weeny
Lake Primitive Management Area, and over a mile south of the Snow Bay/Pocket
Creek route, (which drops south and east out of Snow Bay on Lac
La Croix through a string of lakes (North/South,
Steep, Eugene, Little
Beartrack, Beartrack, and Thumb)
before turning northeast at Finger to Pocket,
returning to Lac La Croix at the mouth of Pocket Creek). It is much
farther from other established canoe routes. All connections to nearby
lakes and streams are without benefit of established portage. Bushwhacking
connections can be made out of the east end of Pageant, with Brigand
(100 rods to the north), Lucky Finn (about
220 rods to the east), and Lower Rangeline
(some 45 rods south of Pageant Creek a little over a quarter mile below
the lake). Actual distance on the ground is dependent upon route chosen,
of course. To the west of Pageant is trackless wilderness of forest
and bog, all the way to Loon Lake.
Pageant is certainly remote enough for
good wildlife viewing and large enough for good fishing potential but neither
is known with any certainty.
Notes and Comments
Pageant is one of a small cluster of lakes
(with Brigand, Contentment,
Lucky Finn, and Nahimana)
in the north end of the Weeny Lake PMA, and the most remote of the group.
Pageant, and the surrounding PMA, is not for the faint of heart. It
is remote, tough going, but then this is, after all, wilderness. (And
what we are in search of when we come to the BWCA).
Last updated on
11 April, 2004