Grace Lake

Making Connections

  • Portage East, 147 rods, to Ella
  • Portage Southeast, 285 rods, to Beth
  • Portage West, 15 rods, to the Phoebe River, bound for Phoebe Lake



  • DNR Lake No. 160657
  • Lake Map No. C1627
  • Lake Table No. 9B
  • MDH Fish Consumption Advisory - N/A
  • MPCA Water Quality - N/A
Grace Lake
Scale 1:21420
Full image approximately 2 miles square


Grace is a rather middling size lake, separated into two distinct regions by a ridged peninsula reaching in from the southeast. The smaller southern arm runs ¾ mile NW/SE, connecting the two portages that mark the main route in and out of Grace. The much larger northern arm is more removed from traffic, having only the less used portage to Ella, in an inlet on its eastern shore, to draw in passers by.

The portage may be less often used than its southern neighbors, perhaps because of the longer paddle across the open expanse of Grace needed to reach it; or perhaps because it is so difficult to find from its western approach. What is clear on the map is not so clear from the water. Unlike the typical portage landing with its sandy/muddy/rocky takeout and trail winding into the trees, the west end of the portage from Grace to Ella is simply a large boulder field. The trail through the trees begins well back from the shore, out of sight from the water. But if you put in and go looking for it you will find it. Just watch your footing on the boulders -- it's not the place for an ankle sprain.


Grace supports over a half dozen designated campsites, concentrated near the south end where the through traffic passes.

Planning Considerations

The southern arm of Grace sits astride 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, Ella, and Beth to Alton/Sawbill in the east. It is a route from which no others branch off so expect to travel in the company of other parties during any of the busier travel periods. And, as always, stop early in the day to get a site.


Grace supports populations of Northern Pike (Esox lucius), Walleye (Stizostedion vitreum), 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