Green Lake

Making Connections

  • Portage East, 70 rods, to Flying
  • Portage South, 70 rods, to Crag
  • Portage West, 25 rods, to Bat


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


  • DNR Lake No. 160628
  • Lake Map No. C0229
  • Lake Table No. 8A
  • MDH Fish Consumption Advisory - N/A
  • MPCA Water Quality - N/A
Green Lake
Scale 1:21420
Full image approximately 2 miles square


Green is a small, deep lake in the Gabimichigami basin, 6 miles south of Gunflint Trail's End and 45 miles ENE of Ely. Only 40 acres in area Green is a full 75' deep. It sits on the busy route from the Round Lake landing in the east to Gillis in the west, linked by a 70 rod portage, and a rare set of wooden stairs, to Flying Lake to the northeast and by a more conventional 25 rod portage to Bat in the west. Another portage leads south, 70 rods off the main line to Crag. The forest on the shores of Green dates back to the big fire year of 1864, with slightly older forest of the 1854 generation just back from the southern shore.


Green is a paddle-through lake, with no designated campsites.

Planning Considerations

Green is an appealing little lake on a heavily traveled route, a fact to which the tall wooden stair starkly attests. It is there, so out of place as it may seem, to spare the steep hillside beneath from the erosion of too many feet. A detour south through Crag, though lengthening the route, might be worth considering, and it would eliminate the need to portage a canoe up a wooden staircase. It's not quite the wilderness experience most of us had in mind.


It seems likely that White Sucker (Catostomus commersoni) and minnows are the only fish present.

Notes and Comments

As lovely or interesting as the lakes on this route may be, it does become tiresome after a few trips, especially when there are queues at the portage landings.

Line of Spruce Trees

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Last updated on 11 April, 2004