- Portage West, 147 rods, to Grace
- Portage South, 90 rods, to Beth
- DNR Lake No. 160658
- Lake Map No. C1615
- Lake Table No. 9B
- MDH Fish Consumption Advisory
- MPCA Water Quality - N/A
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Ella is a delightful little lake, barely
¾ mile long on its north/south axis and not much more than 1/8 mile
at its widest. It sits just below a pair of wooded hills on its western
shore, with a small island at its north end. Ella is located on the only
detour in the Lady Chain and appears to be much less visited than its neighbors.
Its two portages to Grace in the west and Beth
in the south are, in total, somewhat shorter than the direct route from
Beth to Grace but are more arduous going and require the additional paddling
on Ella, and especially on Grace.
Ella has two campsites; one opposite
the two portage landings near the south end of the lake, and another near
the north end, on the eastern shore opposite the small island and well away
from what little traffic may be passing through.
A visit to Ella provides an extra bit
of solitude, especially if camping there as well, away from what is one
of the more popular canoe routes in the BWCAW, the "Lady Chain" of lakes
from Polly in the west through Hazel,
Knight (?), Phoebe,
Grace, and Beth to Alton/Sawbill
in the east. It is a side trip that is highly recommended.
Ella supports populations of Northern
Pike (Esox lucius), White
Sucker (Catostomus commersoni),
and Yellow Perch (Perca flavescens).
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Last updated on
11 April, 2004