Bingshick Lake

Making Connections

  • Paddle North, to Honker
  • Portage South, 10 rods, pond, and 10 rods, to Flying
  • Portage West, 55 rods, to Glee


  • Fisher F-12, Little Sag, Tuscarora, Temperance Lakes
  • McKenzie 7, Tuscarora


  • DNR Lake No. 160627
  • Lake Map No. C0233
  • Lake Table No. 8A
  • MDH Fish Consumption Advisory - N/A
  • MPCA Water Quality - N/A
Bingshick Lake
Scale 1:21420
Full image approximately 2 miles square


Bingshick is a lovely little lake of 44 acres on the Kekekabic Trail, 5¼ miles south of Gunflint Trail's End and 45¼ miles ENE of Ely, just inside the eastern boundary of the BWCAW. Barely ¾ mile long on its east/west axis and never more than an 1/8 wide, Bingshick sits in the upper reaches of the Chub River drainage. It is 15 rods south of Honker and provides access through two 10 rod portages and a series of ponds to Flying Lake in the south, on the Round Lake to Gillis route. To the west, it connects via 55 rod portage with Glee, and through it to Fay, Warclub, and the Chub River.

The forest which rings Bingshick dates largely from the fire of 1864, with isolated stands on both the northern and southern shores which survived that fire and date back to the earler fire of 1801. Most of the forest is less than 135 years old, though some stands are survivors of nearly two centuries. Can you pick them out?


Bingshick has two fine campsites, on the northern shore, to either side of the inflow from Honker Lake to the north. The site to the east is quite large and suitable as a group camp for backpackers on the Kekekabic Trail.

Planning Considerations

Bingshick's proximity to the Round Lake entry makes it a fine choice for the first or last night of an extended trip. The presence of the Kekekabic Trail also provides hiking options; east to Mine Lake and the Gunflint Trail, or west past Fay, Glee, Warclub, and the Chub River.


Bingshick contains populations of White Sucker (Catostomus commersoni), Green Sunfish (Lepomis cyanellus), and Brook Trout (Salvelinus fontinalis), the latter species having been stocked in '92, '93, '95, and '96.

Notes and Comments

One of the finer small lakes in the region.

Line of Spruce Trees

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Last updated on 11 April, 2004