- Portage Northeast, 100 rods, to Clear
- Portage South, 85 rods, into the Sourth Kawishiwi River
- DNR Lake No. 380707
- Lake Map No. C1486
- Lake Table No. 6B
- MDH Fish Consumption Advisory - N/A
- MPCA Water Quality - N/A
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Eskwagama is a small, shallow lake
in the South Kawishiwi River drainage, 17¼ miles WNW of Forest Center,
and 8½ miles east of Ely. Only ¾ mile across on its
longer, north/south axis, its 80 acres have a maximum depth of only 12'.
Eskwagama is connected to nearby Clear Lake to
the northeast by a 100 rod, overland portage which climbs above the boggy
lake margin. To the south, an 85 rod portage along Eskwagama Creek
connects with the South Kawishiwi.
Field research by Heinselman
suggests that the forests surrounding Eskwagama were probably made up
of stands of Red and White
Pine dating back to 1796 and earlier, before being logged off (1898-1912)
by the St. Croix Lumber Company of Winton. The Independence Day
windstorms of 1999 did no significant damage in the Eskwagama area.
Eskwagama shows one established campsite,
on the eastern shore, on the 1997 McKenzie map but none is indicated on
the Superior National Forest website. If you plan on camping at Eskwagama,
be prepared for the possibility that the fire grate is gone and the site
closed, or check with the USFS prior to entry on the current status of the
campsite. The shallow waters of the lake do make it less than ideal
from a water quality perspective. Plan on filtering, or on having
a lower standard for particulate matter in your drinking water.
Eskwagama, along with its near neighbor
Clear, is one of the rare lakes in an area dominated
by river travel. With Clear, it provides a connection between the
North and the South Kawishiwi Rivers, though a longer route than the cutoff
directly through Clear.
Eskwagama supports populations of Northern
Pike (Esox lucius) and
White Sucker (Catostomus
Notes and Comments
Eskwagama offers an opportunity to enjoy
another lake while making the crossing between the two forks of the Kawishiwi
and for that reason alone is worthy of a place in your travel plans.
Last updated on
11 April, 2004