Knight Lake

Making Connections

  • Paddle West and North, 1½ miles down the Phoebe River, with a 140 rod portage into Hazel
  • Paddle South, ½ mile up the Phoebe River, to Phoebe



  • DNR Lake No. 160807
  • Lake Map No. C1625
  • Lake Table No. 9A
  • MDH Fish Consumption Advisory - N/A
  • MPCA Water Quality - N/A
Knight Lake
Scale 1:21420
Full image approximately 2 miles square


Knight is a rather small lake, stretching 3/4 mile SW to NE, though its shape makes it appear smaller from the water. It sits on the Lady Chain of lakes, in the middle of the Phoebe River, connected by an open, fully navigable ½ mile channel with Phoebe to the south and by almost 1½ miles of river and a 140 rod portage to Hazel, downstream to the northwest. The short channel between Knight and Phoebe has an average depth of six feet. The river downstream from 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.

Knight Lake is a 99 acre, very soft-water lake in the Phoebe River system of the Kawishiwi watershed. The maximum depth of Knight Lake is six feet, and there are three inlets and one outlet. Shoal soils are mostly muck, ledgerock, and boulder. Some rubble is also present. About one-half of the shoreline is marsh.


Knight has but one campsite, tucked away in the northeastern arm, largely out of sight of the remainder of the lake and the through traffic on the Phoebe River.

Planning Considerations

Knight 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


Knight supports populations of Northern Pike (Esox lucius), Pumpkinseed Sunfish (Lepomis gibbosus), White Sucker (Catostomus commersoni), and Yellow Perch (Perca flavescens), as well as darters, shiners, and minnows.

Notes and Comments

Line of Spruce Trees

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Last updated on 11 April, 2004