Saca Lake

Making Connections

  • Portage East, 95 rods, to Crab
  • Portage Northwest, 80 rods, to Hassel


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


  • DNR Lake No. 690298
  • Lake Map No. C1487
  • Lake Table No. 1
  • MDH Fish Consumption Advisory - N/A
  • MPCA Water Quality - N/A
Saca Lake
Scale 1:21420
Full image approximately 2 miles square


Saca is a small, relatively shallow lake just west of Crab, 29 miles southeast of Crane Lake and 12 miles WNW of Ely. In form a tricorner lake, ¾ mile long on its north/south axis and ½ mile across its southern end, Saca tapers to a long, narrow point at its north end. Its 73 acres have a maximum depth of 18', with most of the lake being less than 15' deep. In the southwest corner of the lake is the mouth of Battle Creek, dropping 11' in its half mile course down from Battle Lake to the southwest. Saca has no apparent surface water outlet.

Off the eastern shore of Saca, a 95 rod portage loses 33' of elevation in an easy descent to the western shore of Crab. From the opposite shore, an 80 rod carry to the northwest connects with Hassel in an gradual ascent gaining 13' before dropping back 7'.

The 4th of July windstorms of 1999 did not significantly affect the Saca area.


Saca supports one established campsite, along the northwestern shore.

Planning Considerations

Saca is part of a group of small, interconnected lakes clustered near the southern boundary of the BWCAW, just to the southwest of Crab. Other lakes in the group are Battle, Boulder, Clark, Glimmer, Hassel, Meat, Phantom, and Sprite.


Saca supports populations of Northern Pike (Esox lucius), Smallmouth Bass (Micropterus dolomieui), and White Sucker (Catostomus commersoni).

Notes and Comments


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Last updated on 11 April, 2004