Frost Lake

Making Connections

  • Portage East, 40 rods to Unload
  • Portage Southwest, 130 rods to the Frost River


  • Fisher F-5, Perent, Kawishiwi, Sawbill; F-6, Brule and Pike Lakes
  • McKenzie 21, Sawbill Lake


  • DNR Lake No. 160571
  • Lake Map No. N/A
  • Lake Table No. 9A
  • MDH Fish Consumption Advisory - N/A
  • MPCA Water Quality - N/A
Frost Lake
Scale 1:21420
Full image approximately 2 miles square

Dawn on Frost Lake, photo copyright 1993 by Earl J.S. Rook

Dawn on Frost Lake


Frost is a modest sized, 236 acre lake at the headwaters of the Frost River, open and roughly round in form with a diameter of about ¾ mile. To the east, two portages of 40 and 140 rods, separated by tiny Unload Lake, connect with the Long Island River at Lake George, midway between the popular destinations of Long Island Lake to the north and Cherokee to the south. West of Frost, a 130 rod portage leads to the highest navigable put in on the twisting Frost River, which wends its way to the west and north until finally seeping into the waters of Little Saganaga. To the north and west lies the rugged and largely trackless Hairy Lake Primitive Management Area.


Frost has five campsites set along the arc of the northern shore, three to the northwest and two to the northeast.

Planning Considerations

Despite the triple digit portages at either end, the route through Frost is popular and the campsites can fill quickly. It is the only lake where we ever found ourselves in an out-and-out race with another party, in this case coming in from the other portage, heading for the last available site, late on a summer evening. It's a long paddle and portage to the next nearest campsite when Frost is full.


Frost supports populations of Burbot (Lota lota), Lake Trout (Salvelinus namaycush), Northern Pike (Esox lucius), and White Sucker (Catostomus commersoni).

Notes and Comments

Line of Spruce Trees

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Last updated on 11 April, 2004