Sora Lake

Making Connections

  • Bushwhack North, 1 mile, to Copper
  • Bushwhack South, 15 rods, to Din


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


  • DNR Lake No. 160553
  • Lake Map No. N/A
  • Lake Table No. 9A
  • MDH Fish Consumption Advisory - N/A
  • MPCA Water Quality - N/A
Region 9 Lake
Scale 1:21420
Full image approximately 2 miles square


Sora is a long, narrow lake in the heart of the Hairy Lake Primitive Management Area. A series of three unnamed ponds connected by a small and often dammed creek link Sora to Copper, a mile to the north and 125' below. To the southwest, a small stream drops into Sora from small Hairy Lake, which gave the area its name. Farther up the drainage, to the south of Sora, are Din and Mass, and beyond Mass the string of small lakes running down to Octopus on the Frost River. The forest along the northern and most of the eastern shore of Sora dates back over a century and a half to a stand replacing fire in 1846. The big 1875 blaze burned up to its western shore and the south and east burned as recently as 1936.


Being in the middle of the Hairy Lake PMA, Sora has no designated campsites, though you may camp at a site of your own choosing by special permit. We found the island at the southern end of the lake to be absolutely delightful. It is a classic example of a Black Spruce/Feathermoss community, with a thick and lush layer of mosses covering the ground, and an understory shrub layer consisting largely of Labrador Tea. It is a fragile environment, and a very beautiful one.

Planning Considerations

Sora may be reached either by bushwhacking up the small creek from Copper 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 Sora.


Notes and Comments

The route from Copper to Octopus, through Sora, Mass, and Iris, presents an excellent opportunity, albeit difficult, to experience the off trail backcountry, by crossing through the heart of a PMA.

Line of Spruce Trees

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Last updated on 11 April, 2004