Little Gabbro Lake to Isabella Lake

Ely, Minnesota 55731

Little Gabbro Lake to Isabella Lake

Little Gabbro Lake to Isabella Lake Professional Review and Guide

"This trip reaches two of the best fishing lakes in the BWCAW as well as one of the most scenic rivers. The Isabella River has good fishing for walleye and northern pike, and the Isabella River Valley offers excellent moose, deer, beaver, and bald eagle photographing opportunities. The addling is not strenuous, and the portages aren’t rugged.

Take heart, though. Only shorter portages lie upstream. Continue up the Isabella River to Quadga Lake and set up camp. The mouth of the Little Isabella River is a landmark just
downstream from the 70-rod Quadga Lake Portage. Quadga Lake covers 248 acres and has a maximum depth of 35 feet. It has four campsites and above average fishing for northern pike and walleyes."

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Trail Information

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Skill Level
3 days or more, depending on the time spent fishing and sightseeing
Class I
May through September, depending on weather
Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, Kawishiwi Ranger District
Local Contacts
USGS Boggberry Lake, Gabbro Lake, Quadga Lake, Isabella Lake
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Jul 2018