- Portage Northeast, 92 rods, to Bower
Landing: 47º56'25"/ 90º28'10"
- Portage Southwest, 30 rods to Dugout
Landing: 47º56'18"/ 90º28'47"
F-13, No. Gunflint Trail,
Gunflint, Bearskin Lakes
3, Ballclub Lake
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Marshall is a very small, relatively
shallow lake on the South Brule River in the southeast corner of the BWCAW.
Only ½ mile long, its 51 acres have a maximum depth of only 16'.
From its south shore, Brule Mountain rises some 540' to its 2226' summit,
one of the highest points in Minnesota and only 75' below the summit of
the state's highest point on nearby Eagle
Mountain. Well back from the northern shore, the land rises to
the heights of the Misquah Hills.
The South Brule River enters Marshall at its western end, a short distance
downstream from Dugout Lake. Here, a 30
rod portage on the north bank of the river rises almost imperceptively
to Dugout. Out of Marshall's east end, the river loses 18' of elevation
as it winds the 1/3 mile through swampy ground to Bower
Trout. A 92 rod, up-and-over portage along the north bank of
the river climbs over 60' in the first 30 rods before dropping over 75'
in a more gradual descent to the shore of Bower Trout. Both portage
landings out of Marshall are rocky and solid, something which cannot be
said of their other ends, at Bower Trout and Dugout.
Marshall is a small lake, and supports
but a single campsite, on the southwestern shore near the mouth of the South
Marshall is a link on the South Brule
route, the 8½ miles of river and small lakes up from the Bower
Trout entry point to Brule Lake. It is
largely a pass-through lake, though the single campsite is useful for the
first night of a trip after a late arrival, or the final night prior to
an early departure.
Marshall supports populations of Northern
Pike (Esox lucius), Smallmouth
Bass (Micropterus dolomieui),
vitreum), White Sucker (Catostomus
commersoni), and Yellow Perch (Perca
Notes and Comments
The South Brule River route up from Bower
Trout traverses an underappreciated corner of the BWCA and is probably
the premier approach to big Brule Lake. Take
care heading upriver from Marshall, however. The first bends of the
river (er, Dugout Lake) above the portage are
rocky and can be quite shallow. Be prepared to step out and walk your
canoe through them.
Last updated on
11 April, 2004