- Paddle East into Dugout
- Portage West, 30 rods, up the South Brule,
Landing: 47º56'38"/ 90º30'04"
- Bushwhack/Paddle Northwest, 185 rods, to Lac
F-13, No. Gunflint Trail,
Gunflint, Bearskin Lakes
3, Ballclub Lake
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Skidway is a very small, shallow lake
on the South Brule River in the southeast corner of the BWCAW. Over
½ mile long, but narrow, its 18 acres have a maximum depth of only
8'. The South Brule River enters Skidway at its western end, where
it is bypassed by a 30 rod portage on its northern bank. A gentle
up-and-over, the carry begins with a firm landing in a cedar swamp but soon
enters into an open portion of the 1995 burn, now supporting vigorous
growth of Wild Raspberry and other post-fire opportunists. The upriver
landing is fairly mucky. The South Brule leaves the lake out of the
east end, through a channel into Dugout.
Along Skidway's northwestern shore is the mouth of Lac Creek, down from
Lac Lake, ½ mile to the northwest.
Skidway is a small lake and supports
no established campsites.
Skidway 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. Lacking
campsites, it is little more for the paddler than a wider, slower moving
stretch of the South Brule, though the lower reaches of Lac Creek would
be tempting for a bushwhacking diversion.
Skidway 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.
Last updated on
11 April, 2004