Boot Lake
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Nearest Entry Point: Snowbank Lake #27, 28 Fishing: MN DNR Fish Survey; Northern Pike, Rock Bass, Walleye, Smallmouth Bass
Maps: Fisher F-10, F-11, F-31 Special; McKenzie #9 Lake Depth: MN DNR Lake Map; 83 feet
Fire History:
Lake Size: 209 acres
Campsites: 2 Wildlife Seen on Visit: None
Last Visited: July 25, 2015 Lake Elevation: 1390 feet
Water Clarity: MN DNR Routes from Boot Lake:
To Snowbank Lake: Walk the 50 portage, paddle the pond, and than an 80 rod portage
To Haven Lake: Walk the 5 rod portage
To Ensign Lake: Walk the 220 rod portage

Boot Lake

Kawishiwi Ranger District

Boot Lake is almost two separate lakes joined by a somewhat narrow channel. The side closest to Snowbank Lake is much shallower and has a softer bottom. The other part of the lake where the short portage to Haven Lake is located is actually deep and rocky.

A creek with some small rapids connects Snowbank Lake to Boot Lake. The water flows into Boot Lake through this creek. Boot Lake drains to the north into Ensign Lake through a creek flowing out its northern most point.

This lake has good northern pike fishing and a fair number of smallmouth bass. There are walleye in the lake too.

There are two campsites on this lake (one in each of its different halves). Both campsites on casual inspection seemed pretty good with spaces for tent pads, easy landing spot, good kitchen area and a nice selection of trees to hang a food pack from.

Exploring Boot Lake

Boot Lake in the BWCA
You are taking a look down the north end of Boot Lake while getting ready to take off from the Haven Lake portage landing.

Setting off from the Haven Lake portage landing. You paddle to the southwest along the eastern shoreline of Boot Lake until reaching the "ankle", the narrow point that separates the lake into two halves.

Boot Lake in the Boundary Waters
A crumbling cliff midway along the east shoreline of Boot Lake.

Continuing on from the "ankle", you paddle the rest of the way to the Snowbank Lake portage landing on the very south end of Boot Lake.

Boot Lake in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area
A prominent pine tree with a retinue of small pines stands at the entrance to the shallow bay in the very south end of the lake. At the back of this bay is the portage leading to Snowbank Lake.

Boot Lake - BWCA
The bay where the Snowbank Lake portage is located is very pretty. This entire bay is pretty shallow with clear water.

This water is flowing into Boot Lake from Snowbank Lake. From Boot Lake, this water will flow north to Ensign Lake.

Route Connections for Boot Lake

From Boot Lake, you can portage to Ensign Lake, Haven Lake or Snowbank Lake.

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