Lower Range Line Lake
- Bushwhack North, 190 rods, down Range
Line Creek, to Lucky Finn
- Bushwhack South, 35 rods, to Range
- Bushwhack West, 45 rods, to Pageant Creek
Lac La Croix, Nina Moose Lakes
13, Lac La
Croix; 14, Loon, Wilkins Bay
- DNR Lake No. 690364
- Lake Map No. N/A
- Lake Table No. 2A
- MDH Fish Consumption
Advisory - N/A
- MPCA Water Quality
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Lower Range Line Lake is a small lake/large
pond on Range Line Creek just below Range Line
Lake in the Pocket Creek drainage of the Lac
La Croix basin, 16¾ miles east of Crane Lake and 30¼ miles
NNW of Ely. Barely a quarter mile long, it is dwarfed by the upper
Range Line Lake, which sits 11' higher, but 35 rods to the south.
Its western shoreline is largely lakeside fen. The forests around
Lower Range Line Lake are relatively young, the area having been mined for
pine sawtimber back in 1915-1917 by the Virginia and Rainy Lake Lumber Company.
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.
Lower Range Line is a small lake and
supports no established campsites. The nearest site is at the north
end of nearby Range Line Lake. (And a lovely site it is, too!)
Lower Range Line is primarily a pass through
lake, a wide spot in the road, if you will, for those traveling up and down
Range Line Creek. However, it also provides the best opportunity,
with a reasonably short, overland bushwhack portage, to jump over from the
Range Line Creek watershed to Pageant Creek to the north and west.
Shallow and marshy; look for moose.
Notes and Comments
Lower Range Line Lake is a name of convenience.
You will not find it named on maps.
Last updated on
11 April, 2004