Wabang Lake

Making Connections

  • Bushwhack Northwest, 272 rods, down Wabang Creek, to Lady Boot Bay of Lac La Croix


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


  • DNR Lake No. 690359
  • Lake Map No. N/A
  • Lake Table No. 2A
  • MDH Fish Consumption Advisory - N/A
  • MPCA Water Quality
Region 2 Lake
Scale 1:21420
Full image approximately 2 miles square


Wabang is a small lake at the base 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. Wabang sits at the head of Wabang Creek in the Lac La Croix drainage basin, 20 miles east of Crane Lake and 26¼ miles NNW of Ely. Some ¾ mile long but rather narrow, Wabang sits 90' above Lac La Croix to which it is connected by the course of Wabang Creek. It has no maintained portage access.

The forests around the south end of Wabang have grown up since the fires of 1864 while those to
the north are much older, having originated in the aftermath of the fires of 1755, with 300 year old remnant stands dating back to 1681 burns. The Wabang Peninsula escaped the big blowdowns of the 4th of July 1999.


Wabang is not on any maintained route and supports no established campsites.

Planning Considerations

Wabang (along with Kelsey, Toe, Mug, Arch, and Yabut. ), 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). Wabang is a bit of a long and mucky haul from the nearest regular canoe route. It cannot be oft visited.


Notes and Comments

Wabang is the word for "tomorrow" in the Ojibwe language of the region. If you do get in to Wabang send us a photo. We'll publish it here. (It's the only way most BWCA paddlers will get to see this lake.)

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Last updated on 11 April, 2004