- Portage Northwest, 10 rods, to Hustler
Lac La Croix, Nina Moose Lakes
- DNR Lake No.
- Lake Map No. C5027
- Lake Table No. 2A
- MDH Fish Consumption
Advisory - N/A
- MPCA Water Quality
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Emerald is a small lake in the Hustler
River watershed of the Lac La Croix basin,
16 miles ESE of Crane Lake and 26 miles northwest of Ely. Tucked in
among the hills, and but a half mile across, Emerald's 67 acres follow the
lay of the land, with several small inlets along the shore and a bottom
which drops quite steeply before leveling off at 25' to 30' in depth with
a maximum of 34'. Two islets are prominent. The lake has no
apparent outlet beyond the broad marshy seepage which extends northwest
to Hustler. The 48 rod portage to Hustler
follows the high ground to the east of the wetland.
The forests to the northeast of Emerald are the oldest, dating back to
the colonial era fires of 1755-59. The woods to the south and west
have largely grown up since the fires of 1864 while those to the northwest
burned as recently as 1894. 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.
Emerald supports two established campsites,
located on points extending from the northern and southeastern shores.
Both have deep water (for Emerald, anyway) just off shore.
Emerald is on a short spur off the east/west
Pauness/Boulder River route. It offers no through travel options without
serious bushwhacking, though the intrepid might consider the marshy valley
to the northeast an alternate route into Oyster.
(At any rate, the intrepid moose certainly would).
Emerald supports populations of Green
Sunfish (Lepomis cyanellus),
White Sucker (Catostomus
commersoni), and Yellow Perch (Perca
Notes and Comments
Emerald is a great overnight camping option
for travelers on the Pauness/Boulder River route through nearby Hustler.
Last updated on
11 April, 2004