- Portage Southeast, 77 rods, to the Isabella River
- Portage Southwest, 61 rods, to the Isabella River
F-4, One, Two, Three, Four, Bald Eagle, Insula Lakes
18, Lake One
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Quadga is a mid-size, ovoid lake in
the Isabella River drainage of the Kawishiwi watershed, 5½ miles
WNW of Forest Center, and 19 miles southeast of Ely. Just under a
mile across, its 222 acres reach a maximum depth of 30' -- relatively deep
for this region of shallow lakes and rivers. Quadga is connected to
the Isabella by a quarter mile of stream out of its southeast end, and by
a pair of portages, one eastbound and one westbound, from its south shore.
This rare pairing of portages, not unlike a freeway style interchange in
the wilderness, is the result of a rapid on the Isabella south of Quadga.
The paired portages run to either end of the rapids, avoiding the need for
taking the 40 rod portage that runs along the south bank of the river.
The forest surrounding the lake dates back to a major 1854 fire which
burned a large area north of the Isabella River, from Rice
Lake west as far as Superstition and
as far north as Cargo and Diana. The Independence
Day windstorms of 1999 did no significant damage in the Quadga area.
Quadga offers the heaviest concentration
of campsites anywhere on the Isabella, from Isabella
Lake in the east down to Bald Eagle in
the west. The lake has four established sites, two on the northwestern shore
of the lake and two on the eastern.
Though separated from the Isabella by
a 30' rise of land, Quadga remains a lake on the river, with no established
portages or routes to any destination not on the Isabella. The close
proximity of the northwestern shore of Quadga to the Pow Wow Hiking Trail,
however, does make it a suitable jumping off point for more challenging
travel up the Pow Wow, through Campfire, Superstition,
and Rock of Ages towards the Number Lakes,
or east through Diana, Marathon,
and Fallen Arch towards Isabella
Lake. Recent McKenzie
maps show a short spur trail off the Pow Wow running down to the lakeshore
between the two northwestern campsites.
Quadga supports populations of Northern
Pike (Esox lucius), Pumpkinseed
Sunfish (Lepomis gibbosus),
Rock Bass (Ambloplites rupestris),
vitreum), White Sucker (Catostomus
commersoni), and Yellow Perch (Perca
Notes and Comments
Quadga also deserves consideration as a base
camp for a surf 'n turf trip, offering as it does, exploration opportunites
afoot and afloat.
Last updated on
11 April, 2004