Jimmy Lake

Making Connections

  • Rough Portage South, 180 rods, to JAP


  • Fisher F-12, Little Sag, Tuscarora, Temperance Lakes
  • McKenzie 7, Tuscarora


  • DNR Lake No. 160135
  • Lake Map No. C0287
  • Lake Table No. 8A
  • MDH Fish Consumption Advisory - N/A
  • MPCA Water Quality - N/A
Jimmy Lake
Scale 1:21420
Full image approximately 2 miles square


Jimmy is a small and relatively isolated lake 3¼ miles south of Gunflint Trail's End and 45¼ miles ENE of Ely. Covering 61 acres, it sits to the north of JAP and south of Seagull. Access is limited to an old 180 rod portage north from JAP and a disused 1½ mile trail from Forest Road 144 to the east. Jimmy is in the Seagull Creek watershed, which drains to the north and east, out of the BWCAW and eventually into Seagull Lake. While most of the shoreline forest dates from the large local burn of 1864, the portage from JAP passes through some of the oldest forest in the area, having last been burned in 1801.


Jimmy has no established campsites and is suitable only for daytrips from JAP. Given the steep character of the portage in (an 87' rise, almost all of it in the first third) and the absence of any route continuation, this might be a time to leave the boats at the end of the portage trail and hike into Jimmy.

Planning Considerations

Jimmy is a Lake Trout (Salvelinus namaycush) lake, but one with a highly sensitive population reproducing under marginal conditions. For the sake of the fishery, visits to Jimmy are probably best made to visit Jimmy, and not to haul away a catch of Lake Trout. Drop a line for Lake Trout in JAP, or in one of the other, larger Lake Trout Lakes.


White Sucker (Catostomus commersoni) are abundant, but generally small, making for good Lake Trout (Salvelinus namaycush) forage. The native Lake Trout population itself seems to be healthy but vulnerable to over-harvest. The lake is only barely large enough, and deep enough, to support the species. Anglers should limit their harvest, and any measures aimed at improving access to this lake should be opposed, due to this vulnerability.

Notes and Comments

OK, so who's Jimmy? Anyone out there have a clue? Let us know.

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Last updated on 11 April, 2004