Phoebe Lake

Making Connections

  • Portage East, 85 rods, to the Phoebe River, bound for Grace
  • Paddle North, ½ mile down the Phoebe River, to Knight



  • DNR Lake No. 160808
  • Lake Map No. C1692
  • Lake Table No. 9B
  • MDH Fish Consumption Advisory - N/A
  • MPCA Water Quality - N/A
Phoebe Lake
Scale 1:21420
Full image approximately 2 miles square


Phoebe is a rather large lake, over a mile across in pretty much all directions. It sits in the middle of the Lady Chain of lakes, four river portages and 120 rods west of Grace, and connected by an open, fully navigable ½ mile channel with Knight to the north. The western half of the lake is graced with almost a dozen rocky islands where, not surprisingly, most of the campsites are located. The largest island is a good ¼ mile across. Into a long and narrow inlet on the southern shore drains Poet Lake, a modest little lake without campsites or established portage.


Phoebe has eight campsites, six in the island dotted west end, (three of them on islands) and the other two at the extreme north and southeast ends of the lake. Phoebe can get quite busy and the prime island sites are often claimed early in the day.

Planning Considerations

The north end of Phoebe 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.


Phoebe supports populations of Northern Pike (Esox lucius), Walleye (Stizostedion vitreum), White Sucker (Catostomus commersoni), and Yellow Perch (Perca flavescens). Walleye have developed a self-sustaining population since their initial introduction in 1966.

Notes and Comments

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Last updated on 11 April, 2004