- Portage Northeast, 240 rods, to Judd, then 70 rods to Rock
- Portage South, 125 rods, to Camdre
- Portage Southwest, 200 rods, to Turtle
F-4, One, Two, Three, Four,
Bald Eagle, Insula Lake
18, Lake One
- DNR Lake No.
- Lake Map No. C1354
- Lake Table No. 6B
- MDH Fish Consumption
Advisory - N/A
- MPCA Water Quality
Full image approximately 2
Clearwater is a relatively large, open
lake in the Kawishiwi watershed, 10½ miles WNW of Forest Center,
and 14 miles ESE of Ely. Some two miles long, it covers 641 acres
with remarkably clear waters, to depths of 46'. Clearwater also marks
the head of Pagami Creek, which flows west and north, through Pagami
Lake, to Lake One, 5 miles downstream.
Clearwater sits at the junction of the western leg of the Clearwater route,
up from Bald Eagle by way of Turtle,
and the eastern leg, up from Bald Eagle by way of Gull,
Camdre, and Pietro.
From Clearwater the route heads north and east through Judd and Rock
Island to Lake Two.
Heinselman suggests that
the forests surrounding and to the north of Clearwater 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 forest just beyond the south shore is unlogged
and dates from stand replacing fires in 1824 and 1875. The Clearwater
area did sustain some damage in the Fourth of July windstorms of 1999,
with standing tree losses estimated at 10% to 33% for the area south and
west of the lake as far as Turtle and Gabbro.
Clearwater supports four established
campsites, three on the northwestern shore and one on the northeastern.
The Clearwater route, connecting Bald
Eagle in the south with the Number Lakes to the north is one of very
few north/south connecting routes in this part of the BWCA. It is
also a worthy destination in its own right. Consider camping at Clearwater
or one of its immediate neighbors if your trip takes you through this area.
Clearwater supports populations of Lake
Whitefish (Coregonus clupeaformis),
Northern Pike (Esox lucius),
White Sucker (Catostomus
commersoni), and Yellow Perch (Perca
Notes and Comments
As befits its name, the waters of Clearwater
are remarkably clear.
Last updated on
11 April, 2004