- Portage North, 65 rods, to Camdre
- Portage South, 50 rods, to Gull
One, Two, Three, Four, Bald Eagle, Insula Lakes
18, Lake One
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Pietro is a remarkably clear, moderate
sized lake on the eastern leg of the Clearwater route, 10¼ miles
WNW of Forest Center, and 14½ miles ESE of Ely. Some 1½
miles long NE/SW, its 339 acres reach a maximum depth of 31' while more
than ¾ of the lake is deeper than 15'. At the southwest end,
Pietro Creek meanders westward and, turning abruptly south, flows down to
Bald Eagle. At the extreme south end
of Pietro, a 50 rod portage connects with Gull to the south and through
it to Bald Eagle. Along the north shore, a 65 rod carry climbs 50'
into little Camdre, providing connection to Clearwater
and Rock Island beyond.
The forests along the southern and eastern shores of Pietro, reaching
south to Gull and east beyond Rock
of Ages, are some 175 years old, dating back to the fire year of 1824.
The forest northwest to Clearwater is younger, dating back to an 1875
burn, while that off the southwest end is of 1894 vintage. The Independence
Day windstorms of 1999 had limited impact in the Pietro area, though standing
tree losses were estimated at 10% to 33% farther to the west, between
Clearwater and Turtle.
Pietro supports four established campsites,
all along the northernwestern shore.
Pietro is a link in the Clearwater route,
connecting Bald Eagle in the south with the
Number Lakes to the north. It is also a worthy destination in its
own right. Consider camping at Pietro or one of its immediate neighbors
if your trip takes you through this area. It sure beats pressing on
to camp at Lake Two (provided you can even find a
campsite, that is).
Pietro supports populations of Northern Pike (Esox
lucius), Pumpkinseed Sunfish (Lepomis
gibbosus), Rock Bass (Ambloplites
rupestris), and White Sucker (Catostomus
commersoni) according to Minnesota DNR lake surveys (most "recently"
surveyed in 1962). But you should look for Smallmouth Bass (Micropterus
dolomieui) as well, says Kevin King:
|One suggested change, in reading thru the Pietro Lake info, you
omit smallmouth on the species. It's probably the best smallmouth
lake I've fished in that part of the BWCA, with decent size, and exceptional
Notes and Comments
The pristine clarity of the water in Pietro
and the other lakes on the Clearwater route cannot really be understood
until you put your canoe in at the portage landing and watch the bottom
fall away, and away.
Last updated on
11 April, 2004