- Portage Northeast, 19 rods, to pond, then 19 rods to Little
- Portage East, 150 rods, to Little
- Portage South, 30 rods, to Kallio
- Portage Southwest, 45 rods, to Makwa
F-12, Little Sag, Tuscarora, Temperance Lakes
8, Knife, Kekekabic Lake
- DNR Lake No. 380126
- Lake Map No. C2323
- Lake Table No. 8C
- MDH Fish Consumption Advisory - N/A
- MPCA Water Quality - N/A
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Elton is a moderate-size lake of 123
acres, situated to the southwest of Little
Saganaga, 11½ miles SSW of Gunflint Trail's End and 37 miles
ENE of Ely.. Nearly 1½ miles from north to south, the otherwise narrow
lake opens up into a broad central bay, split by a large penninsula protruding
from the eastern shore. At its narrow north end, two 19 rod portages separated
by two small ponds connect with Little Sag. Off the eastern shore and just
north of the base of the large peninsula a second, much longer portage makes
a 150 rod link to Little Sag. At its south end, a 30 rod portage goes south
into little Kallio, while to the southwest a 45 rod portage connects with
Makwa and the Great Interior Loop route, south
to the Kawishiwi; west to Boulder.
The forests surrounding Elton and its neighboring lakes date from a large,
stand replacing fire of 1875. None of the forest in this area is more
than 125 years old.
Elton has three established campsites,
two on the northern arm, staggered on the eastern and western shores. The
third is a fine, elevated, if somewhat wind swept, site on the the western
end of the large peninsula which extends into the center of the lake.
Elton serves to connect the big water
complex of Little Saganaga/Gabimichigami
with the Great Interior Loop of Boulder, Adams, Makwa,
and the Kawishiwi. This area is popular with those willing to portage into
the interior of the BWCAW but still only lightly traveled thanks to the
distance to the nearest entry points.
lota), Northern Pike (Esox
lucius), and White Sucker (Catostomus
commersoni) may be found in the waters of Elton.
Notes and Comments
Take advantage of Elton's close proximity
to the great expanse of Little Sag by camping there the night before crossing
the big lake. Little Sag and its many islands are hauntingly beautiful in
the early morning mists but much less appealing in the stiff wind and chop
of mid afternoon.
Last updated on 11 April, 2004