Bottle Lake

Making Connections

  • Paddle Southeast, up the Bottle River, to Iron
  • Paddle Southwest, down the Bottle River, to Lac La Croix


  • Fisher F-16, Loon, Lac La Croix, Nina Moose Lakes; F-17, Crooked, Darky, Sarah Lakes
  • McKenzie 13, Lac La Croix


  • DNR Lake No. 690xxx
  • Lake Map No. B0244
  • Lake Table No.
  • MDH Fish Consumption Advisory - N/A
  • MPCA Water Quality
Bottle Lake
Scale 1:21420
Full image approximately 2 miles square


Bottle 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.


Bottle Lake supports no established campsites.

Planning Considerations

Bottle 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.


Iron 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.

Notes and Comments

Line of Spruce Trees

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Last updated on 11 April, 2004