Ahsub Lake
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Nearest Entry Point: Snowbank Lake #27, 28 Fishing: MN DNR Fish Survey; Brook Trout (stocked)
Maps: Fisher F-10, F-11, F-31 Special; McKenzie #9 Lake Depth: MN DNR Lake Map; 78 feet
Fire History:
Lake Size: 71 acres
Campsites: 3 (one is for hikers) (1 visited)
Campsite 1
Wildlife Seen on Visit: None
Last Visited: July 25, 2015 Lake Elevation: 1480 feet
Water Clarity: MN DNR Routes from Ahsub Lake:
To Disappointment Lake: Walk the 35 rod portage
To Jitterbug Lake: Walk the 15 rod portage

Ahsub Lake

Kawishiwi Ranger District

This deep and clear lake is a Minnesota Department of Natural Resources designated trout lake. It is stocked with brook trout on a regular basis. Some of these brook trout can be over 20 inches and fishing can be good. Brook trout are not really trout. They are related to the lake trout which is also not a trout. Both of these fish are in the char family. A hybrid of a lake trout and brook trout is a splake. The lake was stocked with rainbow trout in the past, but no longer.

The name "Ahsub" possibly is from the Ojibwe name for "net" or "small net".

To the southeast of Ahsub Lake is Disappointment Mountain. This "mountain" or high hill dominates the view to the southeast. The campsite behind the island provides the best view. The other campsite over by the Disappointment Lake portage is high above the lake and also offers nice views. There is another campsite for hikers of the Old Pines Trail which supposedly intersects the portage between Ahsub Lake and Disappointment Lake. However, I could find no sign of the Old Pines Trail, so that is probably a difficult hike if the trail is that hard to see.

The portages in and out of Ahsub Lake are both easy. The portage to Jitterbug Lake can get nasty if the beaver dam holding back the stream from Ahsub Lake to Jitterbug Lake gets washed out or breached. This causes Ahsub Lake to lose a lot of water and results in a muddy start to that end of the portage. This condition is fairly rare though. Ahsub Lake does not seem to have any tributaries and is probably strongly fed by springs and runoff from the elevated land around it.

Exploring Ahsub Lake

Ahsub Lake in the BWCA
Looking across Ahsub Lake at its island while you are standing at the Disappointment Lake portage landing. The island is just left of center. A campsite is behind that island.

Beginning at the portage landing to Disappointment Lake, paddle across Ahsub Lake and behind the small island where you find one of the lakes campsites.

A quiet view of Ahsub Lake and Disappointment Mountain as you would see it from near the campsite behind the island.

Ahsub Lake and Disappointment Mountain in the distance - BWCA
Looking toward Disappointment Mountain from the campsite near Ahsub Lake's island.

Ahsub Lake in the Boundary Waters
Taking in a full view of all of Ahsub Lake toward the east with Disappointment Mountain in the center of the view.

This is a short underwater view of Ahsub Lake. You can even briefly see a small fish (probably a brook trout) near the bottom.

From the campsite behind the island on Ahsub Lake, paddle down the lake to the Jitterbug Lake portage. Disappointment Mountain is in front of you most of the way and rises about 350 feet above the elevation of Ahsub Lake. The last part of the paddle is through a narrow channel. The narrow channel ends at a beaver dam. From here, the water of Ahsub Lake flows down to Jitterbug Lake. The beaver dam is just to the left of the portage to Jitterbug Lake.

Ahsub Lake in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area
When you arrive at the Jitterbug Lake portage landing, you look back at the small channel leading back to Ahsub Lake that you traveled through.

Route Connections for Ahsub Lake

From Ahsub Lake, you can portage to Disappointment Lake or Jitterbug Lake.

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