- Bushwhack and Paddle Northeast, 2 miles down Pagami Creek, to Lake One
- Bushwhack South, 780 rods, up Pagami Creek, to Clearwater
F-4, One, Two, Three, Four, Bald Eagle, Insula Lakes
18, Lake One
- DNR Lake No. 380639
- Lake Map No. C1729
- Lake Table No. 6B
- MDH Fish Consumption Advisory - N/A
- MPCA Water Quality - N/A
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Pagami is a small, shallow lake on
Pagami Creek, in the Kawishiwi River drainage, 12¾ miles northwest
of Forest Center, and 13½ miles due east of Ely. Taking on
a crude "L" shape, it is ¾ mile long on its longest dimension, covering
41 acres to a maximum depth of but 7'. Pagami Creek runs for some
5 miles, down from Clearwater, through Pagami
Lake, to Lake One on the Kawishiwi. Just below
Pagami Lake is the confluence with Weasel Creek which runs in from Weasel
Lake which sits just to the east of Pagami.
The forest of the Pagami region is relatively young, having grown up
in the aftermath of the fires of 1894. The fires probably spared
the area from the logging of the St. Croix Lumber Company which, from
1898 to 1912, cleared the big pines from the unburned forests farther
to the north, east, and west. The Independence Day windstorms of
1999 did no significant damage in the Pagami area.
Pagami supports no established campsites
but is located in the Weasel Lake Primitive
Management Area. Camping anywhere in the PMA is permitted with
a PMA permit, which may be obtained in person at the nearest Superior National
Pagami is not on any established routes
but is a very tempting destination for those seeking more challenging wilderness
travel. It's certainly on our list of most appealing PMA routes.
If you go, plan on filtering your water. For the five miles of the
Pagami route, including the lake, the water is never deeper than 7'.
Mmmm, chunky style.
Pagami is in a remote and boggy area which
suggests wolf, moose, and beaver. Be alert and you may be rewarded.
Notes and Comments
If you should travel down Pagami Creek into
Lake One be prepared for a shock. The contrast
between the Pagami backcountry and the aluminum canoe highway that is Lake
One may be one of the most extreme in the BWCA. No matter how tough
the going on the creek, the shock of Lake One may just be enough to send
you scurrying back up Pagami!
Last updated on
11 April, 2004