Camdre Lake

Making Connections


  • Fisher F-4, One, Two, Three, Four, Bald Eagle, Insula Lake
  • McKenzie 18, Lake One


  • DNR Lake No. 380583
  • Lake Map No. C1357
  • Lake Table No. 6A
  • MDH Fish Consumption Advisory - N/A
  • MPCA Water Quality - N/A
Camdre Lake
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Full image approximately 2 miles square

Camdre Lake, BWCAW


Camdre is a small, shallow, nearly rectangular lake, 10½ miles WNW of Forest Center, and 15 miles ESE of Ely. It crowns a low rise on the Clearwater route between Pietro, 65 rods to the south and 50' lower, and Clearwater, 125 rods to the north and 55' lower. Less than ½ mile across, its 51 acres are ringed by a low and boggy shore; its greatest depth but 12'. Camdre has no noticable inflow or outflow points.

The forests extending back from the southern shore date back to the fire of 1875 while the rest of the forest on Camdre is older, dating back to the 1824 burn. The Independence Day windstorms of 1999 did no significant damage in the Camdre area.


Camdre has no established campsites; not surprising given the low, boggy terrain and shallow waters.

Planning Considerations

Camdre is a small pass through lake on the eastern leg of the Clearwater route, connecting Bald Eagle to the southwest, with the Number Lakes to the northeast, by way of Gull, Pietro, Camdre, and, of course, Clearwater.


Camdre supports populations of White Sucker (Catostomus commersoni), and Yellow Perch (Perca flavescens).

Notes and Comments

Though Camdre is generally seen as little more than a short paddle between portages, it does have a lonely, wild character, especially on a grey day. A short pause to absorb the spirit of the place is time well spent.

Line of Spruce Trees

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Last updated on 11 April, 2004