Henson Lake

Making Connections


  • Fisher F-13, No. Gunflint Trail, Gunflint, Bearskin Lakes
  • McKenzie 4, Gunflint Lake


  • DNR Lake No.160314
  • Lake Map No. C0275
  • Lake Table No. 10C
Henson Lake
Scale 1:21420
Full image approximately 2 miles square


Henson is one of many long and narrow lakes, with a distinct east/west orientation, which mark this eastern end of the BWCA. Over 2½ miles long it is rarely even an eighth mile wide.


Henson supports four established campsites stretched out along its great length, one opposite the portage into Otto, two on opposing shores near the mouth of Otto Creek, and one in the east end just west of the Pillsbery portage.

Planning Considerations

There are several east/west routes through this eastern end of the BWCA, following the topography of its long, narrow lakes. Henson sits on one of these, from Horseshoe in the east to Long Island in the west. Its east end serves as a short link in one of the few north/south routes through this region, from Meeds in the north south to Gaskin and Winchell. Neither of these is a preferred route for most travelers, however, which makes the Henson route especially appealing. The heavy traffic tends to stay farther to the south, the highway running from Horseshoe through Gaskin to Winchell and beyond to Brule.


The Henson area is prime moose and wolf habitat though the heavily wooded shores tend to limit sighting opportunities.

Notes and Comments

While the route through Henson generally provides a small scale alternative to a long paddle on Winchell, Henson can be quite the long paddle itself, especially into the face of a stiff prevailing westerly in this long and narrow corridor.

Line of Spruce Trees

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Last updated on 11 April, 2004