Dogfish Lake

Making Connections

  • Bushwhack Northeast, 160 rods, to Agawato
  • Bushwhack West, 80 rods, to Woksapiwi Creek


  • Fisher F-16, Loon, Lac La Croix, Nina Moose Lakes
  • McKenzie 12, Moose River


  • DNR Lake No. 690338
  • Lake Map No. N/A
  • Lake Table No. 2A
  • MDH Fish Consumption Advisory - N/A
  • MPCA Water Quality - N/A
Dogfish Lake
Scale 1:21420
Full image approximately 2 miles square


Dogfish is a small lake in the Loon River drainage, 14¾ milles ESE of Crane Lake and 26 miles northwest of Ely. Not much more than a half mile from end-to-end, Dogfish has no apparent outlet, only marshy seepages, and in particular, the broad wetlands of the Woksapiwi Creek drainage to the west.

The forests which ring Dogfish Lake have grown up since the stand replacing fire of 1864, excepting only a small area off the north end of the lake which dates back to the mid-18th century (1755-1759). This region of the BWCA escaped damage in the 4th of July windstorms of 1999, which caused such extensive tree loss to the south and east.


Dogfish supports no established campsites.

Planning Considerations

Dogfish is not on any established canoe route and is not accessible except by bushwhacking. An approach from Agawato, holding chiefly to upland terrain, is probably preferable to a marshy approach from the Woksapiwi Creek side. If you do get in to Dogfish, send us a photo. We'll publish it here. (It's the only way most BWCA paddlers will ever get to see this remote little lake.)


The remote, marshy region is probably good moose habitat and, if so, good for wolf as well.

Notes and Comments

The origins of the name are somewhat obscure. The Burbot (Lota lota) is sometimes known as a Dogfish, but is a creature of large, deep waters. The only other native Minnesota fish known to be called a dogfish, the Bowfin (Amia calva) does not occur in these northern waters.

Line of Spruce Trees

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Last updated on 11 April, 2004