Bridge Lake

Making Connections

  • Portage Northeast, 35 rods, to Delta
  • Portage Southeast, 15 rods, to Lake Four
  • Portage Southwest, 170 rods, to Rifle


  • Fisher F-4, One, Two, Three, Four, Bald Eagle, Insula Lakes
  • McKenzie 18, Lake One


  • DNR Lake No. 380***
  • Lake Map No. N/A
  • Lake Table No. 6
  • MDH Fish Consumption Advisory - N/A
  • MPCA Water Quality - N/A
Bridge Lake
Scale 1:21420
Full image approximately 2 miles square

Bridge Lake DawnBridge Lake Dusk


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 Four.

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.

Planning Considerations

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

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Last updated on 11 April, 2004