- Bushwhack and paddle North, ¾ mile, to Insula
F-4, One, Two, Three, Four, Bald Eagle, Insula Lakes
19, Isabella Lake
- DNR Lake No. 380449
- Lake Map No. C1787
- Lake Table No. 6B
- MDH Fish Consumption Advisory - N/A
- MPCA Water Quality - N/A
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Tornado is a small, remote, and shallow
lake on Tornado Creek, in the Insula basin of
the Kawishiwi River drainage, 25 miles east of Ely, and 6 miles NNE of Forest
Center. Barely a quarter mile across, Tornado covers 25 acres, to a maximum
depth of but 7'. Tornado Creek drains the lake out of the far north end,
headed for Insula, ¾ mile downstream.
The forests surrounding Tornado are something over 125 years old, the
lake being in the middle of a large area burned over in the big Insula
Lake fire of 1864. Ironically enough, the lake named for destructive winds
escaped damage in the Fourth of July windstorms of 1999, though areas
farther to the north and east were hit hard.
Tornado is not on any maintained canoe
routes, and supports no established campsites.
Tornado is off the beaten path, but not
all that far off. A bushwhack paddle up Tornado Creek from Insula
might be just the thing to while away a BWCA afternoon. Here, windfalls
from the 4th of July storms of '99 may not present a problem, but the the
travel up the creek will likely still be a challenge. As the creek notation
reads on the DNR lake map "FULL OF DEADHEADS AND ROCKS". (And they're not
talking truckin' in tie-dye here.)
Tornado supports populations of Northern
Pike (Esox lucius), White
Sucker (Catostomus commersoni),
and Yellow Perch (Perca flavescens).
Notes and Comments
If you do get in to Tornado send us a photo.
We'll publish it here. (It's the only way most BWCA paddlers will ever get
to see this lake.)
Last updated on
11 April, 2004