- Portage East, 288 rods, to Little
- Portage West, 15 rods, into the South Kawishiwi River
- DNR Lake No.
- Lake Map No. N/A
- Lake Table No. 6C
- MDH Fish Consumption
Advisory - N/A
- MPCA Water Quality
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Bruin is a small lake in the lower
Kawishiwi drainage, tucked in between the river to the west and the Gabbro
lakes to the east, 16¼ miles WNW of Forest Center, and just 9 miles
southeast of Ely. A short, 15 rod portage drops 5' into the Kawishiwi,
while a 288 rod carry over the hills to the east gains some 90' in elevation
before descending to Little Gabbro.
Bruin has no obvious inlet or outlet but is instead settled in between boggy
expanses, which probably serve the same purpose through seepage.
Field research by Heinselman
suggests that the forests surrounding Bruin were probably made up of stands
of Red and White
Pine dating back to 1796 and earlier, before being logged off (1898-1912)
by the St. Croix Lumber Company of Winton. The Independence Day
windstorms of 1999 did no significant damage in the Bruin area.
Bruin supports one established campsite,
opposite the lake's prominent point, on the eastern shore.
Bruin is essentially a small link in the
route from the lower Kawishiwi to the Gabbro lakes and beyond. However,
the small lake does provide an opportunity to camp away from the busy Kawishiwi.
Bruin supports populations Northern Pike
(Esox lucius), Rock Bass
and Yellow Perch (Perca flavescens).
Notes and Comments
Though named for the region's premier omnivore,
it's unlikely that one is any more likely to encounter the beast here than
at any of the more notorious bear lakes.
Last updated on
11 April, 2004