- Bushwhack and portage East, 525 rods, on the Pow Wow Hiking Trail, to Fallen Arch
- Bushwhack and portage West, 480 rods, on the Pow Wow Hiking Trail, to Diana
F-4, One, Two, Three, Four, Bald Eagle, Insula Lakes
19, Isabella Lake
- DNR Lake No. 380460
- Lake Map No. C1372
- Lake Table No. 6A
- MDH Fish Consumption Advisory - N/A
- MPCA Water Quality - N/A
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Marathon is a small, shallow, relatively
remote lake on Hump Creek in the Isabella River drainage of the Lower Kawishiwi,
22 miles southeast of Ely and 4 miles northwest of Forest Center.
Only 31 acres in size, it has a maximum depth of but 11'. Hump Creek
enters on the northeast side of the lake, down from Hump Lake, just over
a mile upstream. The creek departs Marathon off its northwestern shore,
bound for Wager and Diana, and the Isabella River
The forest surrounding most of the lake dates back to a major 1854 fire
which burned a large area north of the Isabella River, from Rice
Lake west as far as Superstition and
as far north as Cargo, Diana and Marathon.
The forest to the north and east is of more recent origin, having burned
in the infamous fire year of 1910. The Independence Day windstorms
of 1999 did no significant damage in the Marathon area.
Marathon has one established campsite,
on the southern shore, intended primarily for the use of backpackers on
the Pow Wow Hiking Trail.
Marathon is on the Pow Wow Hiking Trail
but otherwise well away from canoe routes and maintained portages.
Getting there with a boat requires making use of the hiking trail as a long
portage and one which, even when maintained, is not cleared with the turning
radius of a portaged canoe in mind. Marathon also provides an opportunity
for exploring Hump Creek, upstream to Hump Lake, and downstream to Wager
and Diana. Recent editions of the McKenzie
maps provide tremendous detail on the Pow Wow Trail, including landmarks
and GPS coordinates. This is the map you want at hand if portaging
the Pow Wow.
Marathon supports populations of Northern
Pike (Esox lucius), Pumpkinseed
Sunfish (Lepomis gibbosus),
vitreum), White Sucker (Catostomus
commersoni), and Yellow Perch (Perca
Notes and Comments
If you do get in to Marathon send us a photo.
We'll publish it here. (It's the only way most BWCA paddlers will
ever get to see this remote little lake.)
Last updated on
11 April, 2004