Angleworm Lake
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Nearest Entry Point: Angleworm Lake #20 Fishing: MN DNR Fish Survey; Northern Pike, Walleye
Maps: Fisher F-9; McKenzie #11 Lake Depth: MN DNR Lake Map; 11 feet
Fire History:
Lake Size: 144 acres
Campsites: 8 (four are for backpackers using Angleworm Trail) (2 visited)
Campsite 1, Campsite 2
Wildlife Seen on Visit: None
Last Visited: September 18, 2015 Lake Elevation: 1421 feet
Water Clarity: MN DNR Routes from Angleworm Lake:
To BWCA Entry Point 20 Parking Lot: Walk the 716 rod portage (this is also the Angleworm Lake Trail)
To Home Lake: Walk the 65 rod portage
To Tease Lake: Walk the 428 rod portage (you first follow part of Angleworm Lake Trail)

Angleworm Lake

Kawishiwi Ranger District

Angleworm Lake is a long, relatively shallow lake that has one of the longest (if not the longest) entry point parking lot to the lake portage in the BWCA. The portage of 716 rods is also the Angleworm Trail. The Angleworm Trail continues along either side of Angleworm Lake and up around Home Lake. There is an intersection at about the three-quarters distance mark from Entry Point 20/21 to the lake where two portages and the Angleworm Trail converge. this forms a four way intersection. The other portage found at this intersection is the one to Trease Lake and is 426 rods long. Trease Lake is in the North Hegman Lake and South Hegman Lake watershed to the south. The Angleworm Trail enters this four way intersection twice from both the east and the west side of Angleworm Lake as the trail completes its loop of the lake.

The flowage from Angleworm Lake is to the north through a small creek into Home Lake. A beaver dam typically marks the start of this creek from the Angleworm Lake side. The portage to Home Lake from Angleworm Lake runs along the east side of this creek.

There are eight campsites on Angleworm Lake, but four of them are for use by hikers using the Angleworm Trail. You will frequently see hikers along this trails as you paddle around Angleworm Lake. The campsites for canoeists can fill up on this lake as many groups are too pooped out after the two mile portage to go any farther. Remember, if you have to double portage the Entry Point parking lot to Angleworm Lake portage, you must walk it three times. That works out to six miles. Plan accordingly when using Entry Point 20 - Angleworm Lake to access the BWCA. The entry point for the Angleworm Trail is from the same parking lot and is Entry Point 21 - Angleworm Trail.

Exploring Angleworm Lake

Entry Point 20 BWCA
The portage landing on Angleworm Lake. It is at the very south end of the lake back in a small inlet.

Campsite on Angleworm Trail and Angleworm Lake in the BWCAA panoramic view of the south end of Angleworm Lake. The inlet that leads to the portage landing is just to the right around the bend behind those pine trees. You are looking out from the campsite and toward the south/southeast.

Campsite for Angleworm Trail BWCA
This is the campsite that is farthest south on Angleworm Lake and on the west shore. The campsite is marked with a triangle on the Fisher Maps so it is specified for hikers of the Angleworm Trail. There are for campsites for hikers and four for paddlers on Angleworm Lake; a total of eight campsites. This is a view looking to the northeast.

Angleworm Trail BWCA
View straight east across the lake from the campsite found farthest south on Angleworm Lake's west shore. This is very near the small inlet leading to the portage landing.

Starting on the east shore of Angleworm Lake, paddle to the north up the lake. This is part 1 of 5 of that paddle.

Paddling Angleworm Lake part 2 of 5. Continue canoeing to the north and reach the two prominent islands near the middle of the lake. Land the canoe just north of the islands.

Part 3 of 5. From the east shore of the lake just north of the lake's two islands, resume paddling north up the lake.

Part 4 of 5. Angleworm Lake begins to narrows as you continue toward it's northern end.

This is part 5 of 5 of the paddle up Angleworm Lake. You finally reach the north end of the lake. This is the location of the Home Lake portage. There is often a large beaver dam here marking the beginning of the creek that drains Angleworm Lake into Home Lake to the north.

Angleworm Lake in the BWCA
There are two prominent islands on Angleworm Lake. This view is from the mainland shoreline looking southeast. One island is visible on the right side of your view. A small bay is back behind the islands on the east side of the lake.

Beaver Dam on Angleworm Lake BWCA
This beaver dam marks the north end of Angleworm Lake and is also the location of the Home Lake portage. A creek flows out of Angleworm Lake toward the north and drains into Home Lake.

Angleworm Lake in the BWCA
The far northern tip of Angleworm Lake looking south. This is your view from the start of the Home Lake portage.

Route Connections for Angleworm Lake

From Angleworm Lake, you can portage to Home Lake or Trease Lake. Angleworm Lake also provides access to the BWCA for Entry Point 20 - Angleworm Lake and Entry Point 21 - Angleworm Lake Trail. You can also access Whiskey Jack Lake and Spring Creek via the Angleworm Trail.

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