DescriptionKeneu is a quite small, though relatively deep lake, in the Portage River drainage, 29¼ miles southeast of Crane Lake and miles northwest of Ely. Only ½ mile long and less than ¼ mile wide, its 37 acres have a maximum depth of 27'. A small, short stream out of the north end of the lake drains into nearby Hook. An easy, 15 rod carry along the east bank of the stream drops 6' into the south end of Hook.
The Independence Day windstorms of 1999 did not affect the Keneu area.
CampsitesKeneu supports a single established campsite, along the western shore.
Planning ConsiderationsKeneu sits just off the Big Lake/Burntside route, which crosses this portion of the BWCAW north/south and border-to-border, running through Big, Lapond, Big Rice, Hook, Rice, and Slim, to Burntside.
WildlifeKeneu supports populations of Largemouth Bass (Micropterus salmoides), Northern Pike (Esox lucius), Rock Bass (Ambloplites rupestris), Smallmouth Bass (Micropterus dolomieui), Tullibee (Cisco) (Coregonus artedi), Walleye (Stizostedion vitreum), White Sucker (Catostomus commersoni), and Yellow Perch (Perca flavescens).
Notes and Comments
Keneu is an Iroquois name for the eagle. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow made use of it in several passages in his Song of Hiawatha. Excerpts below (you already know the rhythm).
From his eyry screamed the eagle,
And above him the war-eagle,
And above him, wheeled and clamored
But above there in the heavens