Baskatong Lake

Making Connections

  • Portage Southeast, 69 rods, to Square



  • DNR Lake No. 380073
  • Lake Map No. C1424
  • Lake Table No. 9D
  • MDH Fish Consumption Advisory - N/A
  • MPCA Water Quality - N/A
Baskatong Lake
Scale 1:21420
Full image approximately 2 miles square


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.

Planning Considerations

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 Sucker (Catostomus 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.

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Last updated on 11 April, 2004