F-12, Little Sag, Tuscarora, Temperance Lakes
- DNR Lake No. 160601
- Lake Map No. N/A
- Lake Table No. 8A
- MDH Fish Consumption Advisory
- MPCA Water Quality - N/A
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Honker is a small lake on the eastern
boundary of the BWCAW, 4¾ miles south of Gunflint Trail's End and
45½ miles ENE of Ely. It is connected to Bingshick
downstream by a short 15 rod portage; the creek may also be passable. The
forest wrapping around Honker dates from the big fire of 1864, with isolated
remnant stands dating back to 1801 surviving of the southeastern corner
and amid the younger trees of the west end.
Honker has no established campsites but
is quite convenient to the two fine sites on Bingshick.
Honker is not on the way to anywhere,
but does offer an accessible side trip from Bingshick
for fishing or just exploring a new lake.
Honker harbors White Sucker (Catostomus commersoni) and Brook Trout (Salvelinus fontinalis), the latter likely an immigrant from Bingshick where the species has been stocked. White Sucker, of course, are ubiquitous.
Notes and Comments
One would assume that the name for this lake
is derived from the common slang for goose, but one never knows for sure
Last updated on 11 April, 2004