- Portage Northeast, 60 rods, to Eugene
Lac La Croix, Nina Moose Lakes
- DNR Lake No.
- Lake Map No. C0899
- Lake Table No. 2B
- MDH Fish Consumption
Advisory - N/A
- MPCA Water Quality
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Fat is a small, relatively deep lake
at the head of Fat Creek in the Lac La Croix
drainage basin, 11¾ miles ENE of Crane Lake and 32½ miles
NNW of Ely. Roughly triangular in shape at about ½ mile to
a side, Fat covers 102 acres, with the bottom dropping steeply to a maximum
depth of 50'. The lake bottom composition is largely boulders, rubble,
and sand, with abundant aquatic plant growth to a depth of 4½', and
an impressive measured water clarity of 17'.
In the northwest corner of the lake is the head of Fat Creek, which wanders
westward through a broad, boggy area, before dropping steeply into Slim,
some 80' below Fat. Out of the northeast corner, a 60 rod portage
makes a steady, 38' descent into Eugene.
The forests which ring Fat Lake are relatively young, the area having
burned off 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.
Fat Lake supports one established campsite,
on the point in the middle of the eastern shore.
Fat is a spur off the Snow Bay/Pocket
Creek route, the arc of 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. It also has access
north, through Eugene, to the Gun/Takucmich
loop, a cluster of interconnected lakes on the south shore of Lac La Croix.
Eugene has the only developed portage connection into Fat.
Fat supports a fairly large population
of slow growing, wild Lake Trout (Salvelinus
namaycush), as well as their White Sucker (Catostomus
commersoni) forage. The average size of the trout has been
holding fairly steady at about 16" over the past 30 years of DNR lake surveys.
Lake trout were tested for mercury in 1996. Consult the MN
Department of Health Fish Consumption Advisories for more details.
Notes and Comments
Fat Lake is so named for its role in a pair
of opposites, in association with aptly named Slim Lake
to its west.
Last updated on
11 April, 2004