- Bushwhack North, 2¾ miles, down Woksapiwi
Creek, to Shell
Lac La Croix, Nina Moose Lakes
River; 14, Loon, Wilkins Bay
- DNR Lake No. 690xxx
- Lake Map No. N/A
- Lake Table No.
- MDH Fish Consumption
Advisory - N/A
- MPCA Water Quality
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Woksapiwi is a small, shallow lake
at the head of Woksapiwi Creek, in the Loon River drainage, 15 miles ESE
of Crane Lake, and 25 miles northwest of Ely. Crudely crescent-shaped
or, perhaps more accurately, croissant-shaped, Woksapiwi sits in the center
of a broad and shallow, mile-wide basin of muck and bog. It may be
all that remains of a once larger lake, well on its way to becoming a peat
bog. Wokasapiwi Creek departs the northwestern horn of the lake, bound
for Shell Lake, 2¾ miles to the north.
There are no portages into Woksapiwi.
Woksapiwi is situated in a large area of BWCA forest dating back to the
fires of 1864. 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.
Woksapiwi is on no maintained canoe route
and supports no established campsites.
Woksapiwi is not particularly close to
any established canoe routes and it is not at all clear that Woksapiwi Creek
is navigable. It cannot be oft visited. That, of course, is
much of its considerable appeal.
Woksapiwi is prime habitat for moose and
other creatures with a preference for the wet and mucky places.
Notes and Comments
If you do get in to Woksapiwi, send us a
photo. We'll publish it here. (It's the only way most BWCA paddlers
will get to see this lake.)
Last updated on
11 April, 2004