- Portage North, 25 rods to Glee
- Portage Southeast, 90 rods, to Flying
- Portage West, 15 rods, to Warclub
F-12, Little Sag, Tuscarora, Temperance Lakes
- DNR Lake No. 160783
- Lake Map No. C0233
- Lake Table No. 8B
- MDH Fish Consumption Advisory - N/A
- MPCA Water Quality - N/A
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Fay is a small, deep lake, under a
mile in length, on the Chub River 5½ miles SSW of Gunflint Trail's
End and 44¼ miles ENE of Ely. A 25 rod portage out of its northeast
end connects with Glee to the north and the route up to JAP.
A 90 rod carry out of the southeastern end links up with Flying
Lake, providing access to the east/west Round
to Gillis route. In this same corner of the lake,
a diminutive Chub River drops into Fay, draining both Bingshick
to the northeast and Flying to the southeast. The Chub exits Fay at its
northwest end, over a short, but rocky, 15 rod portage to Warclub. The Kekekabic
Trail, which runs above the north shore of Fay, crosses at the portage
here, continuing west on the south side of Warclub.
The forests west of Fay along the Chub River date from the great conflagration
of 1854. Those along the northern and southern shores burned, perhaps
re-burned, ten years later with a few remnant stands along the northern
and eastern shores surviving from an earlier 1801 fire.
Fay has no established campsites.
Fay provides the traveler up the Chub
the option of dropping south to the popular Round Lake
to Gillis route, or turning north through Glee,
Elusion, and Glossy into JAP. BEWARE, some editions
of the McKenzie
map No.7 show the 15 rod portage linking Warclub and Fay as instead linking
Warclub and Glee. There is an obvious trail at the portage heading out to
the northeast toward Glee. It is the Kekekabic Trail. The Kek eventually
crosses the portage from Fay to Glee and so this route would work, but
it's much, much longer than 15 rods. It also would mean missing Fay, for
which the McKenzie shows no portage from Warclub. But trust me, it's there;
on the south side of the stream.
Fay supports a small population of native
Lake Trout (Salvelinus
namaycush), as well as Golden Shiner (Notemigonus
crysoleucas), Green Sunfish (Lepomis
cyanellus), and White Sucker (Catostomus
commersoni). A few Brook Trout (Salvelinus
fontinalis) may also be found in the lake, probably entering from
Bingshick, where they have been stocked.
Notes and Comments
Watch your compass
on Fay. Not so as to keep from getting lost (and not that it would help).
We have found this lake to be an object lesson in how the compass really
works, the needle swinging widely in all directions as we paddle across.
There is enough magnetic pull under and around Fay to overwhelm any attraction
to magnetic north. We have noted this phenomenon on other nearby lakes,
and on the Chub River as well. Consider it a "teachable moment" for the
Last updated on 11 April, 2004