Delta Lake

Making Connections

  • Portage Southwest, 35 rods, to Bridge


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


  • DNR Lake No. 380527
  • Lake Map No. N/A
  • Lake Table No. 6B
  • MDH Fish Consumption Advisory - N/A
  • MPCA Water Quality - N/A
Delta Lake
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Full image approximately 2 miles square


Delta is a small lake in the Kawishiwi River drainage, tucked just inside the BWCAW boundary, 20 miles ENE of Ely, and 10 miles NNW of Forest Center. Less than a half mile long on its north/south axis, Delta sits on Drumstick Creek, just over a mile upstream from Bridge. At the south end of Delta is the mouth of Slowfoot Creek, down ½ mile from Slowfoot Lake to the south and east. Drumstick Creek enters at the far north end of Delta, departing again from the southwest corner. A 35 rod portage bypasses the rapids here, running along the south bank of the creek.

The forest around Delta is less than 100 years old, dating back to the fires of 1910. The area managed to escape serious damage from the Fourth of July windstorms of 1999 which did so much damage farther to the north.


Delta supports a single established campsite, on the northeastern shore near the mouth of Drumstick Creek.

Planning Considerations

Delta is something of a dead end destination, at the end of a spur route, off a short loop, off the Kawishiwi River. It's not possible to travel beyond Delta on established routes without first returning to the Rifle/Bridge Loop and from there to the Kawishiwi, where travel options spread out in all directions. If one is not particular about sticking to maintained portages, however, Delta makes a fine base for exploring northward into the Drag Lake Primitive Management Area.


Notes and Comments

Delta is only two short portages away from Lake Four, three portages away from Lake Two, but that is all it takes to leave the busy and popular "car camping" sites behind for the solitude of the wilderness.

Line of Spruce Trees

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Last updated on 11 April, 2004