Kabetogama Lake Loop

Crane Lake, Minnesota

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Paddle a huge wilderness lake that is 15 miles long, 4 miles wide, covers 31 square miles, and has 78 miles of extremely irregular shoreline. Deep bays and 127 islands form an almost unending supply of new places to explore. The shoreline is heavily wooded; cliffs and rocky outcrops add visual interest. Visit a rock garden and the remains of historical commercial fishing ventures. Logging artifacts can be viewed. Fishing for walleyes should be first class, while northern pike, smallmouth bass, and perch are also abundant. The lake is usually busy with fishermen and sightseers from the resorts scattered along the west shore. Wind can be a factor in safe paddling. Get an early start and launch the canoe at the Chief Woodenfrog State Campground. Paddle north to pass west of Wood Duck Island and Bald Eagle Island. At Bald Eagle Island bend about 20 degrees northeast and continue this heading to the mainland of the Kabetogama Peninsula. Turn south to follow the shoreline and pass between Camel Back Island and the shoreline. Cutover Island will be straight ahead. This island was named as such because it was once completely logged off. It is the largest island in Kabetogama Lake. High cliffs on the northwest corner can be climbed for a good overview of the lake.
Paddling the Boundary Waters and Voyageurs National Park

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Paddling the Boundary Waters and Voyageurs National Park

by James Churchill (Falcon Guides)

Paddle a huge wilderness lake that is 15 miles long, 4 miles wide, covers 31 square miles, and has 78 miles of extremely irregular shoreline. Deep bays and 127 islands form an almost unending supply of new places to explore. The shoreline is heavily wooded; cliffs and rocky outcrops add visual interest. Visit a rock garden and the remains of historical commercial fishing ventures. Logging artifacts can be viewed. Fishing for walleyes should be first class, while northern pike, smallmouth bass, and perch are also abundant. The lake is usually busy with fishermen and sightseers from the resorts scattered along the west shore. Wind can be a factor in safe paddling.

Get an early start and launch the canoe at the Chief Woodenfrog State Campground. Paddle north to pass west of Wood Duck Island and Bald Eagle Island. At Bald Eagle Island bend about 20 degrees northeast and continue this heading to the mainland of the Kabetogama Peninsula. Turn south to follow the shoreline and pass between Camel Back Island and the shoreline. Cutover Island will be straight ahead. This island was named as such because it was once completely logged off. It is the largest island in Kabetogama Lake. High cliffs on the northwest corner can be climbed for a good overview of the lake.

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Activity Type: Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing
Nearby City: Crane Lake
Distance: 33
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 4 to 6 days; allow time for fishing and wind days
Class: Class I
Season: May through September, depending on weather
Local Contacts: Voyageurs National Park
Local Maps: USGS Kabetogama, Cranberry Bay, Daley Bay, Ash River
Driving Directions: Directions to Kabetogama Lake Loop

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