Arch Lake

Making Connections

  • Bushwhack East, 30 rods, down Arch Creek, to Lady Boot Bay of Lac La Croix


  • Fisher F-16, Loon, Lac La Croix, Nina Moose Lakes
  • McKenzie 13, Lac La Croix


  • DNR Lake No. 690359
  • Lake Map No. N/A
  • Lake Table No. 2A
  • MDH Fish Consumption Advisory - N/A
  • MPCA Water Quality
Arch Lake
Scale 1:21420
Full image approximately 2 miles square


Arch is a small lake at the northern end of the Wabang peninsula, the neck of land which extends north into Lac La Croix between Lady Boot Bay to the west and the main body of Lac La Croix to the east, separated from Coleman Island to the north by the waters of the Fish Stake Narrows. Arch is located in the Lac La Croix drainage basin, 19¼ miles east of Crane Lake and 27½ miles NNW of Ely. Just over a quarter mile across, Arch sits some 33' above Lady Boot Bay, with a high hill rising some 165' above its northern shore and a marshy edge along its southern margins. The forests which ring Arch date back to the mid-19th century, to the fires of 1864. The Wabang Peninsula escaped the big blowdowns of the 4th of July 1999.


Arch is not on any maintained route and supports no established campsites.

Planning Considerations

Arch (along with Kelsey, Toe, Mug, Yabut, and Wabang), is one of 6 small lakes on the Wabang peninsula, all of which are reached by portage or bushwhack from Lac La Croix, which wraps about the peninsula. None of these lakes readily connect to one another and only Toe allows for ongoing travel (though it is from Lac La Croix to Lac La Croix).


Notes and Comments

Arch might provide good afternoon exploration opportunities for parties camped nearby on Lady Boot Bay. (A good way to burn up excess teenage energy if the day's paddle was insufficient). If you do get in to Arch send us a photo. We'll publish it here. (It's the only way most BWCA paddlers will get to see this lake.)

Line of Spruce Trees

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Last updated on 11 April, 2004