F-12, Little Sag, Tuscarora, Temperance Lakes
- DNR Lake No. 160720
- Lake Map No. N/A
- Lake Table No. 8B
- MDH Fish Consumption Advisory
- MPCA Water Quality - N/A
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Rattle is a small, but strikingly beautiful
lake, sandwiched between the regional giants Gabimichigami
and Little Saganaga. The narrow, rocky
southern end of the lake carries the traffic between the portages to its
larger neighbors. It's unfortunate that this bit of water is such a wilderness
highway because it is truly worthy of a contemplative pause. The high rocks
on either side support rich colonies of fern, mosses, and lichens. The air
is cool and moist. A lovely place.
The northern end of Rattle is more open, ending where tiny Rattle Creek
runs into the lake from Peter. We once met a
party on Peter which had just bushwacked their way up Rattle Creek. Judging
from their mood and appearance, they did not deem it a pleasant experience.
Of course, they did think that they were portaging into Little Sag. When
you come upon another party and the first thing said is, "What lake is
this?" it is very likely that someone is navigationally impaired.
Rattle is a small lake and supports no
established campsites, which is probably just as well.
Rattle is the essential link between Gabi
and Little Sag. But do try to pick a less busy time of day and season to
pass through, and do allow time to linger.
Rattle Lake supports fair numbers of medium
size Northern Pike (Esox lucius),
a few Yellow Perch (Perca
flavescens), and large numbers of White Sucker (Catostomus
Notes and Comments
A jewel among the small BWCAW lakes.
Last updated on 11 April, 2004