Baker Lake

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  • DNR Lake No.160486
  • Lake Map No. N/A
  • Lake Table No. 10D
Baker Lake
Scale 1:21420
Full image approximately 2 miles square


Baker is a small, shallow, entry point lake on the Temperance River (so called because of all of the many rivers which empty into Lake Superior along the North Shore, it is the only one without a bar at its mouth). Straddling the southern border of the BWCAW, 22 miles SSE of Gunflint Trail's End, and 23 miles NNE of Forest Center, Baker is but 24 acres in size, its maximum depth only 10'. Just upriver to the north, and accessible by a 10 rod portage, is Peterson. Horn Creek enters the southern end of the lake, down from Horn Lake to the northeast. The Temperance River exits to the South, towards Marsh Lake and, ultimately, Superior.


Baker is a small lake only partially within the BWCAW and has no established wilderness campsites. However, there is a Forest Service campground on the southern shore of the lake, outside of the BWCAW.

Planning Considerations

Baker is the primary entry point for the Temperance River route, running up from the Baker Lake entry through Peterson, Kelly, Jack, and Weird into South and North Temperance. This is a chain of smaller lakes and some more rugged portages, providing the most direct route into Cherokee.


Baker supports populations of Northern Pike (Esox lucius),Walleye (Stizostedion vitreum),White Sucker (Catostomus commersoni), and Yellow Perch (Perca flavescens).

Notes and Comments

While Baker is generally thought of as little more than a jumping off point for the Temperance River route into the interior, it does provide an interesting bushwhacking opportunity in Horn Creek and Horn Lake.

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Last updated on 11 April, 2004