Agassa Lake

Making Connections


  • Fisher F-9, Cummings, Big Moose, Fourtown Lakes
  • McKenzie No. 16, Burntside Lake


  • DNR Lake No. 690176
  • Lake Map No. C0803
  • Lake Table No. 1
  • MDH Fish Consumption Advisory - N/A
  • MPCA Water Quality - N/A
Agassa Lake
Scale 1:21420
Full image approximately 2 miles square


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.

Planning Considerations

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 (Stizostedion vitreum), 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.


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Last updated on 11 April, 2004