Gordon Lake
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Nearest Entry Point: Cross Bay Lake #50 Fishing: MN DNR; Low numbers of Northern Pike, possibly Lake Trout
Maps: Fisher F-12; McKenzie #4 and #7 Lake Depth: MN DNR; 95 feet
Fire History: 1727
Lake Size: 135 acres
Campsites: 2;
Campsite 1
Campsite 2
Wildlife Seen on Visit: Loon, extensive signs of Moose
Last Visited: June 16, 2019 Lake Elevation: About 1776 feet
Water Clarity: MN DNR

Routes from Gordon Lake:
To Long Island River: Walk the 25 rod portage
To Cherokee Lake: Walk the 15 rod portage
To Unload Lake: Walk the 140 rod portage

Gordon Lake

Gunflint Ranger District

The Sawbill-Gordon-Little Saganaga-Winchell-Brule fire of 1727 affected this area and burned 108,800 acres of what is now the BWCA. Fire perhaps started near the southern part of Sawbill Lake (Heinselman 1996).

Water enters Gordon Lake from Cherokee Lake from a small stream that is found just east of the Cherokee Lake portage. Several small creeks draining the local area also supply water to the lake.

There are two decent campsites on Gordon Lake and it may be a good alternative to Long Island Lake camping, especially since many of those campsites fill early. The southern campsite has been frequented by moose.

Fishing is likely a relatively futile effort in this lake.

Exploring Gordon Lake

Paddling from the Long Island River Portage to the North Campsite on Gordon Lake


Gordon Lake from the end of the portage leading to the Long Island River. Looking south. Northern campsite on the lake is around that point to your left.



Looking south in the north bay of Gordon Lake. The north campsite on the lake is around that point to your left. The portage to Unload Lake is around that point with the bent over tree on your right.



Paddling from the Long Island River portage on the north end of Gordon Lake over to the campsite on the north end of the lake. Gordon Lake has two campsites. One is located in the north bay of the lake and the other near the south end of the lake.



You are looking toward the east shoreline of the north bay of Gordon Lake.



Pulling up to the north campsite on Gordon Lake.


Paddling from the North Campsite on Gordon Lake over to the Unload Lake Portage


After pulling away from the campsite, paddle generally southwest across this narrow lake to the Unload Lake portage.



View of Gordon Lake from the Unload Lake portage.


Paddling from the Unload Lake portage to the South Campsite on Gordon Lake


This is a long paddle from the Unload Lake portage to the southern campsite on Gordon Lake. Gordon Lake has two campsites, one on the north end of the lake and one on the south end. You will see most of this long lake during this paddle.



A prominent glacial erratic (large boulder) is present along the east shore, just before entering the narrows leading south out of the north bay of the lake.



Cliffs along the south shore of the eastern most bay of the southern part of Gordon Lake. The portage to Cherokee Lake would be near to the far right side of your view. The southern campsite on Gordon Lake is to your left from this vantage point.



Canoe perched on the rock ledge that forms an apron along the lakeside frontage of the south campsite.


A Paddle from the South Campsite on Gordon Lake over to the Cherokee Lake Portage


The very southeastern bay at the south end of Gordon Lake where the small creek from Cherokee Lake flows in (far right of your view).



Paddling southwest from the southern campsite on Gordon Lake over to the Cherokee Lake portage. The creek flowing into Gordon Lake from Cherokee Lake can be seen along the way. The creek isn't next to the portage which is often the case in the BWCA.


A Couple Miscellaneous Photos of Gordon Lake


Beaver lodge along the west shore of Gordon Lake near the lakes midsection.


An interesting cliff face in the north end of the lake not far from the Unload Lake portage.

Route Connections for Gordon Lake

From Gordon Lake, you can portage to the Long Island River, Cherokee Lake or Unload Lake.

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