Wail Lake

Making Connections

  • Bushwhack Southeast, 200 rods, to Cummings


  • 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
Wail Lake
Scale 1:21420
Full image approximately 2 miles square


Wail is a small, shallow lake in the Moose River drainage, 25½ miles southeast of Crane Lake and 13¾ miles northwest of Ely. Set in a broad, low, boggy area, Wail is an elongated teardrop in form, less than ½ mile in length. It cannot be very deep. There are no maintained portages into Wail.

The lowland forests around Wail have grown up since the big fire year of 1894. Those stands on the higher ground to the east are older, dating back as far as the stand replacing fires of 1755. The Wail area was not significantly damaaged by the blowdowns of Independence Day 1999.


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

Planning Considerations

Wail is on the way to nowhere, and unlikely to be a destination in its own right, unless you're camped near the northeast end of Cummings and looking for a vigorous, and mucky, afternoon hike.


Wail should be a good lake for moose; just one big dinner plate.

Notes and Comments

Wail is also known as Hicks. If you do get in to Wail/Hicks 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