- Portage East, 25 rods, to Green
- Portage South, 25 rods, to Gillis
F-12, Little Sag, Tuscarora, Temperance Lakes
- DNR Lake No. 160752
- Lake Map No. C0229
- Lake Table No. 8B
- MDH Fish Consumption Advisory - N/A
- MPCA Water Quality - N/A
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Bat is a small, deep lake, in the Gabimichigami
basin, 6½ miles WSW of Gunflint Trail's End and 43½ miles
ENE of Ely. Only ¾ mile from end to end Bat is over 100' deep. It
sits something over 50' above the northeastern end of Gillis,
at the upper end of one of the steepest 25 rod portages in the BWCA. A first
time carry up from Gillis leaves one huffing and puffing, expecting the
trail to level off at any time, but it doesn't. The climb ends at the great
rock ledge that forms the portage landing; a massive granite dock.
The forests on the northern, eastern, and eastern half of the south shore
of Bat date from the fire of 1854, which burned to the east as far
as Round Lake and Tuscarora.
The forest on the west end, and the western half of the south shore, burned
(probably re-burned) ten years later in the Gillis Lake fire of 1864.
Except for isolated pockets which may have survived the two fires, none
of the forest ringing Bat is more than 145 years old.
Bat has three campsites, somewhat dense
for a small and open lake of its kind, but it is situated on something of
a wilderness highway. Not surprisingly, then, Bat has something of a history
with another, much larger mammal, one with a soft spot for food bags. Hang
Bat is primarily a pass through lake.
However, it is close enough to the Round
Lake entry to make its campsites appealling for a first or last night
With depths to 110', Bat harbors an abundent
population of Lake Trout (Salvelinus
namaycush), due in large part to stocking of the lake with fingerlings
in 1989 and 1991. It is hoped they will begin to reproduce naturally. The
lake also has White Sucker (Catostomus
commersoni) but no other gamefish species.
Notes and Comments
A lovely little lake which would be a real
gem, were it not so heavily traveled.
Last updated on 11 April, 2004