- Portage Southeast, 69 rods, to Square
- DNR Lake No. 380073
- Lake Map No. C1424
- Lake Table No. 9D
- MDH Fish Consumption Advisory
- MPCA Water Quality - N/A
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Baskatong is a small, shallow, multi-armed
lake in the upper drainage of the Kawishiwi River. But ¾ mile on
its NW/SE axis, its 67 acres reach a maximum depth of only 6'. Baskatong
Creek flows out of the north end to join the Kawishiwi. A 69 rod portage
out of the southeast end connects with Square
and the upper Kawishiwi route from Kawishiwi Lake north to Malberg.
On its northwestern flank, the ground rises steeply to a hilltop 86' above
the shore and but an eighth mile back from the waters edge. Beyond is the
largely trackless backcountry of the Fungus
Lake Primitive Management Area.
Though small, Baskatong supports two
designated campsites, on the eastern and western shores of the lake's southernmost,
and deepest, bay. As a deadend spur off a relatively well traveled route,
Baskatong offers a quick escape to a small and quiet lake. Shallow as it
is, a water filter would be a good idea, if only for the aesthetics of removing
the unidentified particulate matter.
Baskatong is on a short spur off the upper
Kawishiwi River route, which runs north from the river's headwaters at Kawishiwi
Lake through Square, Kawasachong,
Townline, Polly, and Koma
into Malberg. This is a popular and
heavily traveled route into the interior lakes. Expect to see other parties
along the Kawishiwi here during the busier summer travel periods.
Baskatong supports populations of White
commersoni), Northern Pike (Esox
lucius), and Darters. Sorry, no Lake Trout here.
Notes and Comments
To make this otherwise well traveled route
more interesting, consider portaging into Baskatong and bushwhacking back
out, down Baskatong Creek to the Kawishiwi River. If you've tried it, we'd
like to hear about it. We'd also like to know something of the origins of
the name Baskatong.
Last updated on
11 April, 2004