- Portage Northeast, 35 rods, to Delta
- Portage Southeast, 15 rods, to Lake Four
- Portage Southwest, 170 rods, to Rifle
One, Two, Three, Four, Bald Eagle, Insula Lakes
18, Lake One
- DNR Lake No. 380***
- Lake Map No. N/A
- Lake Table No. 6
- MDH Fish Consumption Advisory
- MPCA Water Quality - N/A
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Bridge is a mile-long, relatively narrow
lake in the Kawishiwi River drainage, 18½ miles ENE Ely, and 9 northwest
of Forest Center. Along its northeastern shore is the mouth of Drumstick
Creek, down some 6 miles from its boggy origins to the northeast, passing
through Quartz and Delta lakes on the way.
A 170 rod, up-and-over carry heads southwest out of Bridge, gaining some
45' in elevation before leveling off and then losing almost as much elevation
in its descent to the northeast end of Rifle.
Out of the southeast end of Bridge, a 15 rod portage runs along the south
bank of the outlet stream into the end of the long northwestern arm of Lake
The forest surrounding Bridge is relatively young, dating back only so
far as the fires of 1910. The area around Bridge escaped damage
in the Fourth of July windstorms of 1999, the bulk of the destruction
occuring well to the north.
Bridge supports a single established
campsite, on a point along the south shore of the east end, near to the
portage into the north end of Lake Four.
Bridge is a link in the Rifle/Bridge Loop,
which runs north of the Kawishiwi River, from Lake Two,
through Rifle and Bridge, rejoining the river at
Lake Four. This loop makes an excellent alternative
for those who would like to get away from the bustle of the Number Lakes.
All it takes is some portaging.
Bridge is also a good jumping off point for exploring up Drumstick Creek,
to Delta and beyond, into the Drag
Lake Primitive Management Area.
Notes and Comments
Last updated on
11 April, 2004