Geraldine Lake

Making Connections

  • Bushwhack Northwest, 290 rods, up Geraldine Creek, to Ole
  • Bushwhack Southwest, 640 rods, down Geraldine Creek and Crab Creek to Burntside


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


  • DNR Lake No. 690xxx
  • Lake Map No. N/A
  • Lake Table No. 1
  • MDH Fish Consumption Advisory - N/A
  • MPCA Water Quality - N/A
Geraldine Lake
Scale 1:21420
Full image approximately 2 miles square


Geraldine is a small lake in the Burntside basin, straddling the BWCAW boundary 29¾ miles ESE of Crane Lake and 9½ miles northwest of Ely. Just over ½ mile long with a SW/NE orientation, Geraldine lies tight against the base of a large, high hill, which rises over 50' above its southern shore. Geraldine Creek enters the lake from the northwest, dropping some 40' in the final ¼ mile. It exits nearby from the far southwestern end of Geraldine, heading southwest to Crab Creek, just over ½ mile downstream. There are no maintained portages into Geraldine.

The Independence Day windstorms of 1999 did no significant damage in the Geraldine Lake area.


Geraldine is not on any maintained route and supports no established campsites.

Planning Considerations

Geraldine is on the way to nowhere, and unlikely to be a destination in its own right. Getting there from anywhere would seem to require serious bushwhacking, and hiking in would seem to make much more sense than trying to visit with canoes.


Notes and Comments

If you do get in to Geraldine send us a photo. We'll publish it here. (It's the only way most BWCA paddlers will get to see this lake.)


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Last updated on 11 April, 2004