Kelsey Lake

Making Connections


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


  • DNR Lake No. 690212
  • Lake Map No. N/A
  • Lake Table No. 2A
  • MDH Fish Consumption Advisory - N/A
  • MPCA Water Quality
Kelsey Lake
Scale 1:21420
Full image approximately 2 miles square


Kelsey is a small lake at the northern end of the Wabang peninsula, the neck of land which extends north into Lac La Croix between Lady Boot Bay to the west and the main body of Lac La Croix to the east, separated from Coleman Island to the north by the waters of the Fish Stake Narrows. Just over ½ mile across, Kelsey sits some 15' above surrounding Lac La Croix, 20¾ miles east of Crane Lake and 28¼ miles NNW of Ely. An easy, largely downhill, 28 rod portage off the southeastern end of the lake connects it with La Croix.

The forest to the east of Kelsey burned in 1864 but the other surrounding forest is older, most of it dating back over 200 years to the stand replacing fires of 1784 with remnant stands to the north of the lake surviving some three centuries, from the fires of 1681. The Wabang Peninsula escaped the big blowdowns of the 4th of July 1999.


Kelsey supports one established campsite, on its eastern shore just north of the Lac La Croix portage.

Planning Considerations

Kelsey (along with Toe, Mug, Arch, Yabut, and Wabang), is one of 6 small lakes on the Wabang peninsula, all of which are reached by portage or bushwhack from Lac La Croix, which wraps about the peninsula. None of these lakes readily connect to one another and only Toe allows for ongoing travel (though it is from Lac La Croix to Lac La Croix).


Notes and Comments

Kelsey is a good place to slip away from the often heavy traffic of Lac La Croix. With only one campsite and no through route, if you camp there you have the lake to yourself.

Line of Spruce Trees

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Last updated on 11 April, 2004