Bald Eagle Lake
- Portage North, 185 rods, to Turtle
- Portage East, 190 rods, to a stream, then 40 rods to Gull
- Paddle South, up the Isabella river
- Paddle Northwest, into Gabbro
F-4, One, Two, Three, Four,
Bald Eagle, Insula Lakes
18, Lake One
- DNR Lake No.
- Lake Map No. B0121
- Lake Table No. 6B
- MDH Fish Consumption
Advisory - N/A
- MPCA Water Quality
Full image approximately 4
Bald Eagle is a large, open lake of
over 1200 acres in the lower Kawishiwi River watershed, 10¼ miles
west of Forest Center, and 13 miles ESE of Ely. Located near the southern
border of the BWCAW, it stretches some 3½ miles on its NW/SE axis.
For its size, it is relatively shallow; only 36' at its greatest depth with
¾ of the lake less than 15' deep. It is fed by the Isabella
and Snake Rivers from the southeast, Bald Eagle and August Creeks from the
south, and Gull Creek from the north. Bald Eagle, in turn, feeds Gabbro
and Little Gabbro to the northwest and through
them the Kawishiwi.
The forests which ring Bald Eagle are of several different ages.
The oldest forest is along the northern shore and dates from a major,
stand replacing fire back in 1824. The eastern shore holds the youngest
stands, barely a century along, having developed after an 1894 burn.
On the western shore, the forests on the west side of the south arm date
from 1864, those on the southern shore of the western arm from 1875, and
on the northwestern shore of the west arm from 1846. The Independence
Day windstorms of 1999 had limited impact in the Bald Eagle area, though
standing tree losses were estimated at 10% to 33% for the area east of
the southeastern arm of the lake.
Bald Eagle supports a baker's dozen of
established campsites, on both sides of the great southeastern arm and along
the northwestern shore.
Bald Eagle is a significant traffic hub
in this corner of the BWCA, connecting the Isabella and Perent River systems
to the east, the routes through Clearwater
northeast to the Number Lakes, and the South Kawishiwi River to the west.
Bald Eagle supports populations of Black
Crappie (Pomoxis nigromaculatus),
Bluegill (Lepomis macrochirus),
Lake Whitefish (Coregonus
clupeaformis), Northern Pike (Esox
lucius), Rock Bass (Ambloplites
rupestris), Tullibee (Cisco) (Coregonus
artedi), Walleye (Stizostedion
vitreum), White Sucker (Catostomus
commersoni), and Yellow Perch (Perca
Notes and Comments
Bald Eagle is a big lake and can easily become
roiled of wind and wave. We've come as close as we ever have to rolling
a canoe in the wind-whipped whitecaps of Bald Eagle on a warm summer afternoon.
So if you plan on entering the lake later in the day, expect wind and some
relatively impressive waves. (Oh, and make sure you know how to quarter
into the wind).
Last updated on
11 April, 2004