- Portage Northwest, 145 rods, into the North Kawishiwi River
- Portage Southeast, 70 rods, into the Sourth Kawishiwi River
- Portage Southwest, 100 rods, to Eskwagama
- DNR Lake No.
- Lake Map No. C1682
- Lake Table No. 6B
- MDH Fish Consumption
Advisory - N/A
- MPCA Water Quality
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Clear Lake is an island studded, broadly
triangular lake in the South Kawishiwi drainage, 16¼ miles WNW of
Forest Center, and 9 miles east of Ely. Its 236 acres are generally
shallow, with a maximum depth of but 17'. Clear links the North and
South Kawishiwi rivers by way of a 145 rod overland portage to the northern
fork of the river, and a 70 rod carry along the small stream the connects
the lake to the southern river. A third portage drops into Eskwagama,
100 rods and 13' below to the southwest.
Field research by Heinselman
suggests that the forests surrounding Clear 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 Clear Lake area.
Clear supports five established campsites,
four along the northern shore and one on the large island in the south end.
Clear is, oddly enough, one of the few
lakes in a corner of the BWCA featuring primarily river travel (though rivers
which sometimes seem nothing more than long narrow lakes).
Clear Lake supports populations of Black
Crappie (Pomoxis nigromaculatus),
Bluegill (Lepomis macrochirus),
Largemouth Bass (Micropterus
salmoides), Northern Pike (Esox
lucius), Walleye (Stizostedion
vitreum), White Sucker (Catostomus
commersoni), and Yellow Perch (Perca
flavescens). Walleye were stocked in 1993 and 1995.
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Last updated on
11 April, 2004