DescriptionYabut is a quite small lake at the head of Yabut Creek, in the Lac La Croix drainage basin, 19¼ miles east of Crane Lake and 26¾ miles NNW of Ely. It is situated 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. Less than a quarter mile across, Yabut sits in a marshy basin 190' above Lac La Croix and connected to it by the steep and intermittent outflow of Yabut Creek. There is no maintained portage access in to the lake.
The forests which ring Yabut date back to the big Civil War fire year of 1864, the same year Bill Sherman took to burning in a big way. The Wabang Peninsula escaped the big blowdowns of the 4th of July 1999.
CampsitesYabut is not on any maintained route and supports no established campsites.
Planning ConsiderationsYabut (along with Kelsey, Toe, Mug, Arch, and Wabang), 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). Yabut is a particularly challenging destination - a steep, uphill bushwhack, and not for the faint of heart.
Notes and CommentsYeh, but what?? That's what I want to know.
If you do get in to Yabut, 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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