Boga Lake

Making Connections

  • Paddle East, up the Perent River
  • Portage West, 16 rods, to Isabella Lake


  • Fisher F-4, One, Two, Three, Four, Bald Eagle, Insula Lakes
  • McKenzie 19, Isabella Lake


  • DNR Lake No. 380315
  • Lake Map No. N/A
  • Lake Table No. 6A
  • MDH Fish Consumption Advisory - N/A
  • MPCA Water Quality - N/A
Boga Lake
Scale 1:21420
Full image approximately 2 miles square

Boga Lake, BWCAW


Boga is a small lake in the Kawishiwi watershed, 2¼ miles ENE of Forest Center, connecting the lower reaches of the Perent River to Isabella Lake and the Isabella River to the west. Boga is separated from the Perent River to its southeast by a long, low-lying peninsula, which leaves open a shallow and rocky channel in which to cross from lake to river. This channel also provides the inflow from the Perent River, while a shallow and rocky stream at the north end of Boga provides the outflow of waters toward Isabella. Not generally navigable, a 16 rod portage bypasses this stream with a shorter and more direct connection between the two lakes.

The forest which rings Boga dates from a major, stand replacing fire in 1824, much of which burned again in 1864. The Independence Day windstorms of 1999 did no significant damage in the Isabella/Boga area.


Boga supports but one established campsite, on the western shore of the lake.

Planning Considerations

Boga is a link on the Perent River route, providing connections with the Isabella River downstream. It is largely a pass-through lake, though its single campsite does provide an opportunity to camp near the big lake, yet away from its occasional crowds and heavy waves. (But when the prevailing winds blow hard across Isabella, you feel it at the campsite on Boga).


Notes and Comments

While camped on Boga once, we watched an odd party of four, in a single, large aluminum canoe, bushwhack their way up the rocky stream from Isabella into Boga. Obviously day trippers, they paused on the rocks in the streambed to take their lunch and to set up a folding aluminum lawn chair with bright blue webbing. Even from our vantage point across the lake, that blue and silver chair shone out incongruously from its boreal background.

Line of Spruce Trees

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Last updated on 11 April, 2004