Pose Lake

Making Connections

  • Paddle and Bushwhack North, 3½ miles, to Hudson
  • Portage South, 5 miles, to the Isabella River
  • Portage West, 3 miles, to South Wilder


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


  • DNR Lake No. 380455
  • Lake Map No. C1429
  • Lake Table No. 6B
  • MDH Fish Consumption Advisory - N/A
  • MPCA Water Quality - N/A
Pose Lake
Scale 1:21420
Full image approximately 2 miles square


Pose is a small, shallow lake on the Ahmoo Creek watershed of the Kawishiwi drainage, 23 miles ESE of Ely, 4½ miles NNW of Forest Center. Crudely C-shaped and surrounded by low, steep hills, Pose covers 76 acres with a maximum depth of but 12'. Pose Creek enters at the southwest corner of the lake after a 3¾ mile run through a narrow, boggy valley just south of the lake. It exits the lake at the southeast corner, just ½ mile about its confluence with Ahmoo Creek, which in turn empties into Hudson Lake on the Kawishiwi. The Pow Wow Hiking Trail passes along the high ground to the south of the lake, with a trail spur dropping down to the campsite on the shore. There are no mainatained portages into Pose.

Pose is surrounded by some of the oldest forest in this region of the BWCAW, dating back some 175 years, to the fires of 1824. For some unknown reason, the area immediately around the lake escaped the big 1864 Lake Insula fire just to the north and east, as well as the conflagrations of 1910, which burned near to it from the south and west. Pose also escaped significant damage from the Independence Day blowdown of 1999, though the area farther to the west sustained standing tree losses estimated at between 10% and 33%.


Pose supports one established campsite, along the southern shore, intended for the use of backpackers on the Pow Wow Hiking Trail.

Planning Considerations

Pose is one of the more remote lakes in the region and not particularly suitable as part of a canoe route. However, it would make an interesting hiking destination from South Wilder, or a bushwhacking goal up Ahmoo Creek from Hudson.


Pose supports populations of Bluegill (Lepomis macrochirus), Northern Pike (Esox lucius), White Sucker (Catostomus commersoni), and Yellow Perch (Perca flavescens).

Notes and Comments

If you do get in to Pose send us a photo. We'll publish it here. (It's the only way most BWCA paddlers will ever get to see this lake.)

Line of Spruce Trees

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Last updated on 31 October, 2004