- Paddle South and East, to Java Creek and on to Sawbill
- DNR Lake No. 160522
- Lake Map No. C1992
- Lake Table No. 9A
- MDH Fish Consumption Advisory
- MPCA Water Quality - N/A
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Handle is a very small and shallow
lake astride Java Creek, just upstream from Sawbill.
Not even a half mile long it is no more than 7' deep. To the north, up Java
Creek, lies Java Lake, while downstream to the south and east is the north
end of Sawbill.
Handle is a very small lake and supports
no designated campsites, nor are there any north on Java.
Handle in not on any route other than
the bushwhack route up to Java. But this seems to offer an excellent day
trip from a base camp on Sawbill, a quick escape from a large and popular
lake into the wilderness backcountry.
Handle supports populations of Northern
Pike (Esox lucius), White
Sucker (Catostomus commersoni),
and Yellow Perch (Perca flavescens).
Notes and Comments
How is the route up to Java? We'd like to try it sometime and would appreciate
hearing from others who have tried it.
That being said, we received the following report from Rob Marshall:
|I wanted to let you know that I just got back from a BWCA trip
and we had a chance to navigate the Java Creek from Sawbill to Handle
Lake and up to Java.
Trip was on Wed, 7/11/2001. The week was very dry and I think
the lakes and rivers are a bit low due to dry conditions. However,
we were able to make it to Handle without much effort (only a couple
of boggy logs in the way).
Handle to Java was a bit more challenging. The transition from
Handle to the north portion of Java Creek is very grassed in, but
we were able to "push" our canoe over to deeper water
(1.5 to 2 feet). There are a series of deeper pools separated by
narrow, grassy creek and then a long stretch of very shallow marsh.
We only had a half dozen or so times where we had to "push"
again. Java Lake is well worth the trip/effort because it is GORGEOUS
and very secluded.
Last updated on
11 April, 2004