Karl Lake
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Nearest Entry Point: Cross Bay Lake #50 Fishing: MN DNR; Northern Pike, probably small number of Lake Trout
Maps: Fisher F-12; McKenzie #4 and #7 Lake Depth: MN DNR; 70 feet
Fire History:
Lake Size: 121 acres
Campsites: 2
Campsite 1
Wildlife Seen on Visit: None
Last Visited: June 16, 2019 Lake Elevation: 1762 feet
Water Clarity: MN DNR

Routes from Karl Lake:
To Doe Lake: Paddle/Bushwhack In
To Long Island Lake: Walk the 35 rod portage (leads to NW bay of Long Island Lake)
To Long Island Lake: Paddle In (leads to central part of Long Island Lake)
To Lower George Lake: Walk the 28 rod portage

Karl Lake

Gunflint Ranger District

Karl Lake is sort of a large northern bay of Long Island Lake. It is possible to paddle directly into the lake from the south end.

The lake supports two campsites. The campsite near the 35 rod portage in the north end of the lake does not have the portage running directly through it (like the maps of this area seem to indicate).

Karl Lake provides access to two small lakes from its north end. These are Doe Lake and Fawn Lake. The channel to Doe Lake is just west of the portage to Lower George Lake. It is usually possible to paddle into Doe Lake, although you may have to liftover a beaver dam. From Doe Lake there is a small creek flowing down from Fawn Lake. This creek cannot be paddled, you will have to bushwhack if you want to see Fawn Lake.

Water enters Karl Lake from the south via Long Island Lake. There is also a small amount of flow coming in from Doe Lake. All this water funnels to the north into Lower George Lake.

This area used to have a good moose population according to Beymer.


Exploring Karl Lake

Paddling from Lower George Lake Portage to Doe Lake Channel

Looking south out of the bay from near the Lower George Lake portage. The campsite on the north end of Karl Lake is just the the left out of sight, a short paddle directly across the lake.



Paddle out of the small bay on Karl Lake where the Lower George Lake portage is located. After exiting the bay, head to the right (west) and in no time at all you will be at the mouth of the channel leading into Doe Lake. Doe Lake probably doesn't receive a lot of visitors. It's a small, quiet lake.


Paddling from Doe Lake Channel to Campsite Near Long Island Lake Portage


It's just a few minutes of paddling from the Doe Lake channel over to the campsite located near the 35 rod portage to Long Island Lake.



A view toward the distant south end of Karl Lake.


Paddling from Campsite Near Long Island Lake Portage to the Long Island Lake Portage


The campsite on the north end of Karl Lake looks toward the small bay where the Lower George Lake portage is located (on the left side of your view).



As you can see the 35 rod portage between Karl Lake and Long Island Lake isn't really that close to the campsite on the north end of the lake. Most maps make it look like the portage goes right through the campsite, but that is not the case.



Karl Lake from the Long Island Lake - Karl Lake 35 rod portage.

Route Connections for Karl Lake

From Karl Lake, you can portage to Lower George Lake or Long Island Lake. You can also paddle into Long Island Lake (from the south end of Karl Lake) or paddle/bushwhack into Doe Lake (depending on beaver activity).

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