Hazel Lake

Making Connections

  • Portage Southeast, 140 rods to Phoebe River, bound for Knight
  • Portage Northwest, 59 rods to Phoebe River, bound for Polly



  • DNR Lake No. 380069
  • Lake Map No. C1616
  • Lake Table No. 9D
  • MDH Fish Consumption Advisory - N/A
  • MPCA Water Quality - N/A
Hazel Lake
Scale 1:21420
Full image approximately 2 miles square


Hazel is a rather small, triangular lake, ½ mile to a side. It sits on the Lady Chain of lakes, in the middle of the Phoebe River, connected by almost 1½ miles of river and a 140 rod portage to Knight, some 50' above it to the southeast. The river upstream towards Knight passes through one of the finest large riverside bogs in the area. Pause to look more closely at the varied plant life, and note the stunted Black Spruce (Picea mariana) and Tamarack (Larix laricina). You might even encounter a moose. Downstream the Phoebe River drops 35', much of it in a broad shallow cascade over a smooth rock face just off the portage trail at the end of the lake. From there, it is four more portages, of 25, 92, 16, and 97 rods respectively, and another 2 miles of occasionally shallow and rocky river, into Lake Polly.


Hazel has three campsites, one on each of its three sides. That on the southwestern shore appears to have good elevation and exposure, though the through traffic on the Phoebe River passes just offshore. The other two sites, while more out-of-the-way, appear to be relatively low and bug infested. That, plus the presence of obvious bear sign at both, caused us to pass on these two sites in July of '97, seeking better accommodations upriver.

Planning Considerations

Hazel 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 avoid getting stuck with a mosquito infested bear latrine for a campsite.


Hazel 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