Brigand Lake

Making Connections


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


  • DNR Lake No. 690387
  • Lake Map No. N/A
  • Lake Table No. 2A
  • MDH Fish Consumption Advisory - N/A
  • MPCA Water Quality
Brigand Lake
Scale 1:21420
Full image approximately 2 miles square


Brigand is a small, remote lake in the upper Pocket Creek watershed of the Lac La Croix basin, 13½ miles east of Crane Lake and 31 miles NNW of Ely. Brigand is only 3' above Contentment in elevation, and the creek may be navigable. The forests which ring Brigand date back to the big burn year of 1864, though the later 1894 fires came quite close to its western shore. 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.


Brigand Lake supports one established campsite, on the eastern shore.

Planning Considerations

Brigand Lake is a 48 rod bushwhack out of Contentment which is itself another 40 rods off trail from Thumb Lake, on the Snow Bay/Pocket Creek route, (which drops south and east out of Snow Bay on Lac La Croix through a string of lakes (North/South, Steep, Eugene, Little Beartrack, Beartrack, and Thumb) before turning northeast at Finger to Pocket, returning to Lac La Croix at the mouth of Pocket Creek). All connections to nearby lakes are without benefit of established portage but the distances are not unreasonable. It's 130 rods northeast to Nahimana, 235 rods southeast to Lucky Finn, and 100 rods southwest to Pageant. (Actual distance on the ground dependent upon route chosen, of course). Brigand also provides reasonably good access to other parts of the Weeny Lake Primitive Management Area, to the south up Rangeline Creek to Rangeline and Achundo, and down Pageant Creek to Heritage and East Loon Bay.


Brigand Lake is in a largely wooded area, excepting the boggy bounds of Brigand Creek. Good habitat, but also good cover.

Notes and Comments

Brigand Lake is part of a cluster of small lakes in the northern reaches of the Weeny Lake PMA, which appear to be relatively accessible from established canoe routes (well, by PMA standards, anyway) and from one another. An area definitely worth exploring if you're looking for a wilderness experience. Let us know if you've done so. We'd like to hear about it.

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Last updated on 11 April, 2004