Drag Lake

Making Connections

  • Bushwhack and paddle west, to Fire

Maps

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

Links

  • DNR Lake No. 380485
  • Lake Map No. N/A
  • Lake Table No. 6B
  • MDH Fish Consumption Advisory - N/A
  • MPCA Water Quality - N/A
Drag Lake
Scale 1:21420
Full image approximately 2 miles square

Description

Drag is a small lake at the head of Drag Creek, in the Kawishiwi River drainage, 23 miles ENE of Ely, and 9 miles NNW of Forest Center. Less than ½ mile long on its SW/NE axis, Drag sits just over a quarter mile to the east of Fire, just inside the Drag Lake Primitive Management Area.

The forest surrounding Drag is about 135 years old, having sprung up in the aftermath of the big Lake Insula fire of 1864. The area around Drag escaped serious damage in the Independence Day windstorms of 1999; the area just to the east, towards Insula, was not so lucky.

Campsites

Drag is not on any maintained canoe route and supports no established campsites. Because it is located in the Drag Lake Primitive Management Area, however, primitive camping is allowed with a PMA permit.

Planning Considerations

Drag is something of a dead end destination, at the end of a bushwhack, off a short loop, off the Kawishiwi River. It's not possible to travel beyond Drag on established routes without first returning to the Fire Lake 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, Drag makes a fine base for exploring north and east into the Drag Lake Primitive Management Area.

Wildlife

Drag supports populations of Bluegill (Lepomis macrochirus), Northern Pike (Esox lucius), and White Sucker (Catostomus commersoni).

Notes and Comments

With decent water levels, the trip up to Drag from Fire is pretty manageable, up until the little stream becomes choked with boulders and alder just below the lake. Unless you need the canoe, you might want to just walk in that final bit.

Line of Spruce Trees

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Last updated on 11 April, 2004