Rush Lake

Making Connections

  • Portage North, 67 rods, to Dark
  • Portage Southwest, 60 rods, to Fox


  • Fisher F-16, Loon, Lac La Croix, Nina Moose Lakes
  • McKenzie 12, Moose River


  • DNR Lake No. 690203
  • Lake Map No. N/A
  • Lake Table No. 2A
  • MDH Fish Consumption Advisory - N/A
  • MPCA Water Quality - N/A
Rush Lake
Scale 1:21420
Full image approximately 2 miles square


Rush is a small, shallow lake at the head of Rush Creek in the Iron Lake drainage basin, 24¼ miles SSE of Crane Lake and 21¾ miles north of Ely. Barely ½ mile across, its 119 acres have a maximum depth of only 10'. Rush is fed by Fox Creek, entering in its southwest corner, and from Dark to the north, by way of a boggy seepage. Rush Creek serves as outflow, heading north and east out of its southeastern end, to Peterson Bay on Iron Lake. A 67 rod portage bypasses to the east the wetland connection to Dark, climbing 42' before dropping back 32' into Dark. To the southwest, a 60 rod carry bypasses the soggy bottoms of Fox Creek in a 38' up-and-over portage into Fox Lake.

The forests which ring Rush Lake date back to a major, stand replacing fire in 1854. While it probably burned a much wider area, subsequent fires have obscured all trace of it except in the areaimmediately around Rush. 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.


Rush supports a single established campsite, on the northernmost of its two islands.

Planning Considerations

Rush is a link in the Dark/Stuart route, which drops south out of Iron Lake, through Dark, Rush, and Fox, into Stuart Lake, from which further connections can be made on the Dahlgren and Stuart rivers as well as to the Sterling route east to the Beartrap.

Rush is included in Beymer, The Boundary Waters Canoe Area, vol. 1, The Western Region, routes 7 and 18.


Rush supports populations of Northern Pike (Esox lucius), Rock Bass (Ambloplites rupestris), Smallmouth Bass (Micropterus dolomieui), Walleye (Stizostedion vitreum), White Sucker (Catostomus commersoni), and Yellow Perch (Perca flavescens).

Notes and Comments

Line of Spruce Trees

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Last updated on 11 April, 2004