- Portage Southwest, 35 rods, to Bridge
One, Two, Three, Four, Bald Eagle, Insula Lakes
18, Lake One
- DNR Lake No. 380527
- Lake Map No. N/A
- Lake Table No. 6B
- MDH Fish Consumption Advisory
- MPCA Water Quality - N/A
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Delta is a small lake in the Kawishiwi
River drainage, tucked just inside the BWCAW boundary, 20 miles ENE of Ely,
and 10 miles NNW of Forest Center. Less than a half mile long on its
north/south axis, Delta sits on Drumstick Creek, just over a mile upstream
from Bridge. At the south end of Delta is
the mouth of Slowfoot Creek, down ½ mile from Slowfoot Lake to the
south and east. Drumstick Creek enters at the far north end of Delta,
departing again from the southwest corner. A 35 rod portage bypasses
the rapids here, running along the south bank of the creek.
The forest around Delta is less than 100 years old, dating back to the
fires of 1910. The area managed to escape serious damage from the
Fourth of July windstorms of 1999 which did so much damage farther to
Delta supports a single established campsite,
on the northeastern shore near the mouth of Drumstick Creek.
Delta is something of a dead end destination,
at the end of a spur route, off a short loop, off the Kawishiwi River.
It's not possible to travel beyond Delta on established routes without first
returning to the Rifle/Bridge Loop and from there to the Kawishiwi, where
travel options spread out in all directions. If one is not particular
about sticking to maintained portages, however, Delta makes a fine base
for exploring northward into the Drag Lake
Primitive Management Area.
Notes and Comments
Delta is only two short portages away from
Lake Four, three portages away from Lake
Two, but that is all it takes to leave the busy and popular "car camping"
sites behind for the solitude of the wilderness.
Last updated on
11 April, 2004