Mass Lake

Making Connections

  • Bushwhack North, to Din
  • Bushwhack South, to Ell


  • Fisher F-12, Little Sag, Tuscarora, Temperance Lakes
  • McKenzie 7, Tuscarora


  • DNR Lake No. 160xxx
  • Lake Map No. N/A
  • Lake Table No. 9A
  • MDH Fish Consumption Advisory - N/A
  • MPCA Water Quality - N/A
Mass Lake
Scale 1:21420
Full image approximately 2 miles square


Mass is a cruciform lake in the heart of the Hairy Lake Primitive Management Area. It is the high point in a string of small lakes, ponds, and streams stretching to the north through Din and Sora to Copper. To the south beyond Mass a string of small lakes runs down to Octopus on the Frost River. The forest surrounding Mass and stretching east as far as Long Island, is of relatively recent origin, having sprung up in the aftermath of a big 1936 fire.


Being in the middle of the Hairy Lake PMA, Mass has no designated campsites, though you may camp at a site of your own choosing by special permit.

Planning Considerations

Mass may be reached either by bushwhacking up the small creek from Copper, through Sora and Din, or up from Octopus on the Frost. The latter is the more accessible route, particularly if you can pick up the old and nearly vanished portages which stretch north as far as Iris. The northern approach is much more of a struggle and the way is often blocked by beaver dams which confound navigation. There are no maintained portage routes to Mass.


Notes and Comments

Line of Spruce Trees

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Last updated on 11 April, 2004