Ella Lake

Making Connections

  • Portage West, 147 rods, to Grace
  • Portage South, 90 rods, to Beth



  • DNR Lake No. 160658
  • Lake Map No. C1615
  • Lake Table No. 9B
  • MDH Fish Consumption Advisory - N/A
  • MPCA Water Quality - N/A
Lakes Ella and Beth
Scale 1:21420
Full image approximately 2 miles square


Ella is a delightful little lake, barely ¾ mile long on its north/south axis and not much more than 1/8 mile at its widest. It sits just below a pair of wooded hills on its western shore, with a small island at its north end. Ella is located on the only detour in the Lady Chain and appears to be much less visited than its neighbors. Its two portages to Grace in the west and Beth in the south are, in total, somewhat shorter than the direct route from Beth to Grace but are more arduous going and require the additional paddling on Ella, and especially on Grace.


Ella has two campsites; one opposite the two portage landings near the south end of the lake, and another near the north end, on the eastern shore opposite the small island and well away from what little traffic may be passing through.

Planning Considerations

A visit to Ella provides an extra bit of solitude, especially if camping there as well, away from what is one of the more popular canoe routes in the BWCAW, the "Lady Chain" of lakes from Polly in the west through Hazel, Knight (?), Phoebe, Grace, and Beth to Alton/Sawbill in the east. It is a side trip that is highly recommended.


Ella supports populations of Northern Pike (Esox lucius), White Sucker (Catostomus commersoni), and Yellow Perch (Perca flavescens).

Notes and Comments

Line of Spruce Trees

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Last updated on 11 April, 2004