Big Moose, Fourtown Lakes
No. 16, Burntside
- DNR Lake No. 690176
- Lake Map No. C0803
- Lake Table No. 1
- MDH Fish Consumption
Advisory - N/A
- MPCA Water Quality
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Agassa is a small, shallow lake in
the Portage River drainage, 28¾ miles ESE of Crane Lake and 12¼
miles NNW of Ely. Its 55 acres have a maximum depth of only 9' and
a measured water clarity of 2'. Along the southwestern shore, Agassa
Creek begins its slow meandering westward to Big Lake.
Agassa is located in a roadless area of the Superior National Forest but
is entirely outside the boundaries of the BWCAW.
At the lake's northeastern end, a vigorous 240 rod up-and-over-and-up
portage gains some 80' of elevation in the first 100 rods, before dropping
almost as steeply to cross a boggy wetland, climbing again on the other
side, to gain the high ground and the Echo Trail.. This area was not significantly
affected by the 4th of July windstorms of 1999.
Agassa supports one established campsite,
along its northwestern shore.
Without a good deal of bushwhacking, Agassa
is on the way to nowhere, though it offers a good getaway spot for a weekend
in the woods. With a 240 rod rollercoaster of a portage, and only
one campsite, it does yield solitude, even if not in the wilderness proper.
Agassa supports populations of Walleye
White Sucker (Catostomus
commersoni), and Yellow Perch (Perca
flavescens). Walleye were introduced to the lake in 1982 and
restocked in 1983 and 1986. More recently, Walleye were stocked in
1993, 1995, and 1997.
Notes and Comments
Appropriate for a small
lake, Agassa means "It is small (or narrow)" in the Ojibwe language
of the region.
Last updated on
11 April, 2004