Rattle Lake

Making Connections


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


  • DNR Lake No. 160720
  • Lake Map No. N/A
  • Lake Table No. 8B
  • MDH Fish Consumption Advisory - N/A
  • MPCA Water Quality - N/A
Rattle Lake
Scale 1:21420
Full image approximately 2 miles square


Rattle is a small, but strikingly beautiful lake, sandwiched between the regional giants Gabimichigami and Little Saganaga. The narrow, rocky southern end of the lake carries the traffic between the portages to its larger neighbors. It's unfortunate that this bit of water is such a wilderness highway because it is truly worthy of a contemplative pause. The high rocks on either side support rich colonies of fern, mosses, and lichens. The air is cool and moist. A lovely place.

The northern end of Rattle is more open, ending where tiny Rattle Creek runs into the lake from Peter. We once met a party on Peter which had just bushwacked their way up Rattle Creek. Judging from their mood and appearance, they did not deem it a pleasant experience. Of course, they did think that they were portaging into Little Sag. When you come upon another party and the first thing said is, "What lake is this?" it is very likely that someone is navigationally impaired.


Rattle is a small lake and supports no established campsites, which is probably just as well.

Planning Considerations

Rattle is the essential link between Gabi and Little Sag. But do try to pick a less busy time of day and season to pass through, and do allow time to linger.


Rattle Lake supports fair numbers of medium size Northern Pike (Esox lucius), a few Yellow Perch (Perca flavescens), and large numbers of White Sucker (Catostomus commersoni).

Notes and Comments

A jewel among the small BWCAW lakes.

Line of Spruce Trees

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Last updated on 11 April, 2004