DescriptionBottle is a smaller lake which straddles the international border at the head of the Bottle River, 24 miles east of Crane Lake and 25¼ miles north of Ely. An open channel connects Bottle with Iron Lake just upstream. The Bottle River flows out of the west end of the lake, bound for Lac La Croix, 1¼ miles downstream.
This region of the BWCA escaped damage in the 4th of July windstorms of 1999, which caused extensive tree loss to the south and east.
CampsitesBottle Lake supports no established campsites.
Planning ConsiderationsBottle is a small, pass-through lake on the Border route, sandwiched in between much larger Iron and Lac La Croix.
Bottle is included in Beymer, The Boundary Waters Canoe Area, vol. 1, The Western Region, routes 5, 7, 13, 15, 17, 18, 25, and 27.
WildlifeIron Lake, immediately upstream and with an open stream connection, supports populations of Black Crappie (Pomoxis nigromaculatus), Northern Pike (Esox lucius), Rock Bass (Ambloplites rupestris), Smallmouth Bass (Micropterus dolomieui), Tullibee (Cisco) (Coregonus artedi), Walleye (Stizostedion vitreum), White Sucker (Catostomus commersoni), and Yellow Perch (Perca flavescens). Bottle Lake probably has most of these species.
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