- Bushwhack Southwest, 256 rods, down Legend Creek,
to the Portage River
Lac La Croix, Nina Moose Lakes
- DNR Lake No. 690222
- Lake Map No. N/A
- Lake Table No. 2A
- MDH Fish Consumption
Advisory - N/A
- MPCA Water Quality
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Legend is a small lake on Legend Creek
in the Portage River drainage of the Lac La Croix
basin, 21¼ miles ESE of Crane Lake and 20¼ miles NNW of Ely.
It lies ¾ southeast of Nina Moose, beyond
the lakeshore hill and 33' above the larger lake.Less than ½ mile
across, Legend is surrounded on all sides by a broad boggy band an eighth
of a mile wide. In all likelihood, Legend is a small lake well on
its way to becoming a peatland, as the vegetation slowly closes in from
The forests which ring Legend Lake are a mosaic of various age classes,
having their origins in the stand replacing fires of 1681, 1755-59, 1863-64,
1894, and 1904. The area immediately encircling the lake, however,
was part of a state timber sale, cut as recently as 1968-1971. 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.
Legend is not on any maintained
route and supports no established campsites.
Legend is accessible from the southeastern
corner of Nina Moose Lake, up the Portage River
¾ mile to the mouth of Legend Creek, then up the creek for just over
¾ mile to Legend Lake. Legend is on the way to nowhere, however,
and so unlikely to be a destination in its own right. If you do get
in to Legend send us a photo. We'll publish it here. (It's the
only way most BWCA paddlers will ever get to see this lake.)
The soggy environs of Legend should be
good moose habitat, and attract its primary predator, the wolf.
Notes and Comments
Ok, so just what is the legend associated
with Legend Lake? Enquiring minds want to know!
Last updated on
11 April, 2004