Bog Lake

Making Connections

  • Portage South, 230 rods, to Entry Point 67


  • Fisher F-4, One, Two, Three, Four, Bald Eagle, Insula Lakes
  • McKenzie 19, Isabella Lake


  • DNR Lake No. 380443
  • Lake Map No. C1423
  • Lake Table No. 6A
  • MDH Fish Consumption Advisory - N/A
  • MPCA Water Quality - N/A
Bog Lake
Scale 1:21420
Full image approximately 2 miles square


Bog is a round, mid-sized lake in the Mitawan Creek drainage of the Isabella River watershed, 3½ miles WSW of Forest Center, and 22 miles southeast of Ely. Less than a mile across, its 249 acres are relatively shallow, with a maximum depth of only 16'. Brush Creek enters the lake from the southeast, winding down through broad bogs from Brush Lake. To the west, less than a mile of Bog Creek connects the outflow of Bog Lake to Mitawan Creek. Bog is tucked just inside the southern border of the BWCAW, at the end of a 230 rod portage from the Bog Lake Entry (#67). Because of its location, it is essentially a dead end and does not provide ready access to other lakes or to the Isabella River.

The forests surrounding the lake date from a major, stand replacing fire back in 1824, significant portions of which burned again in 1864. The Independence Day windstorms of 1999 did no significant damage in the Bog Lake area.


Bog supports three established campsites, all on the northern shore of the lake. Older maps may show one or two additional sites on the southwestern shore, just south of Bog Creek.

Planning Considerations

Bog is suitable for a visit or a fishing stay, but as a dead end, it provides no opportunity for travel. Unless, of course, one rises to the challenge of bushwhacking over four miles down Bog and Mitawan Creeks to the Isabella River.


Bog supports populations of Brook Trout (Salvelinus fontinalis), Northern Pike (Esox lucius), Burbot (Lota lota), Walleye (Stizostedion vitreum), White Sucker (Catostomus commersoni), and Yellow Perch (Perca flavescens).

Notes and Comments

Bog presumably takes its name from the surrounding expanse of flat, saturated land.

Line of Spruce Trees

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Last updated on 11 April, 2004