Edith Lake

Making Connections

  • Portage East, 50 rods, to West Round
  • Portage West, 36 rods, to Brant


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


  • DNR Lake No. 160604
  • Lake Map No. N/A
  • Lake Table No. 8A
  • MDH Fish Consumption Advisory - N/A
  • MPCA Water Quality - N/A
Edith Lake
Scale 1:21420
Full image approximately 2 miles square


Edith is a quite small lake, little more than a large pond really, 6½ miles ESE of Gunflint Trail's End and 47 miles ENE of Ely. Virtually all of its 10 acres are outside the BWCAW. It is a small, and for some annoying, link in the heavily traveled route from Round Lake in the east to Gillis in the West. A well worn 36 rod portage links Edith's BWCAW western shore to Brant in the west, while an equally well worn 50 rod trail connects with West Round to the east and, 85 rods further east, to Round. The forests surrounding Edith date from the 1854 fire which burned much of the area.


Edith has no designated campsites, which is probably just as well.

Planning Considerations

Think of Edith as a short opportunity to give your shoulders a rest on a first day's carry into the BWCA. Put in, take out, move on.


Despite the heavy traffic, moose are occasionally encountered on the portages. The small lake also supports a good population of Northern Pike (Esox lucius) in a fair range of sizes. A small population of Yellow Perch (Perca flavescens), large White Sucker (Catostomus commersoni), and Pumpkinseed Sunfish (Lepomis gibbosus) are also present.

Notes and Comments

While waiting in the queue at one of the portages, take a look in the shallows for Pipewort (Eriocaulon aquaticum) or Water Lobelia (Lobelia dortmanna).

Line of Spruce Trees

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Last updated on 11 April, 2004