Omega Lake

Making Connections

  • Portage North, 88 rods to Phalanx
  • Portage East, 34 rods, to Henson
  • Portage South, 50 rods, to Winchell
  • Portage West, 32 rods, to Kiskadinna


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


  • DNR Lake No.160353
  • Lake Map No. C0314
  • Lake Table No. 10C
Omega Lake
Scale 1:21420
Full image approximately 2 miles square


Omega is a crossroads lake in the upper reaches of the North Brule River watershed, sitting among the long and narrow lakes, with a distinct east/west orientation, which mark this eastern end of the BWCA. It stretches for some two miles on its long axis from Henson, a 34 rod carry to the east, to Kiskadinna, 32 rods to the west. At its eastern end, a three quarter mile long north/south arm connects Phalanx, 88 rods to the north, and Finn beyond, and to Winchell, 50 rods to the south.


Omega supports four established campsites, one in the north arm, one on an island in the west arm, a third on the south shore near the lake's center, and a fourth tucked away in at the end of a small bay in the northwest corner. The south shore location is a fine, elevated site, though perhaps a bit too exposed to passing travelers, while that in the northwest, though lower and somewhat brushy, provides a certain measure of solitude.

Planning Considerations

There are several east/west routes through this eastern end of the BWCA, following the topography of its long, narrow lakes. Omega sits on one of these, from Horseshoe in the east to Long Island in the west. This is not the preferred route for most travelers, however, which makes Omega 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.


Like much of the surrounding area, this is moose and wolf country.

Notes and Comments

Omega and its environs provide one of the better opportunities to experience the boreal forest. Take an extra day and check out Phalanx and Finn; bushwhack into Alpha and Beta.

Line of Spruce Trees

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Last updated on 11 April, 2004