Ella Hall Lake
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Nearest Entry Point: Wood Lake #26 Fishing: MN DNR Fish Survey; Bluegill, Northern Pike, Yellow Perch, Smallmouth Bass, Largemouth Bass, Other
Maps: Fisher F-11, F-31; McKenzie #17 Lake Depth: 28 feet
Fire History:
Lake Size: 379 acres
Campsites: 5 (but two campsites are abandoned); abandoned campsite south near Mud Lake portage Wildlife Seen on Visit: Bald Eagle, Mink
Last Visited: July 22, 2018 Lake Elevation: 1335 feet
Water Clarity: MN DNR Routes from Ella Hall Lake:
To Mud Lake: Walk the 84 rod portage
To Four Mile Portage (near Muskeg Lake): Walk the 49 rod portage

Ella Hall Lake

Kawishiwi Ranger District

So you may have visited this lake in the past or plan to in the future. But did you ever wonder why the lake is named Ella Hall Lake? It turns out this is an obscure but interesting bit of Minnesota history back in the latter part of the 1800's when the area that is now the BWCA was just starting to see its first European settlers. The lake is named Ella Hall for a 15 year old girl who died here back in 1885. The exact cause of her death is a bit of a mystery, but for more information on it, check out this other page on this website: Ella Hall Grave.

Campsites on Ella Hall Lake:
There are five campsites indicated on the map for this lake, but only four could be located and one of those four is in an abandoned state. Here is the abandoned site. All other campsites were occupied during visit so no information to provide at this time. This lake sees a lot of campers because it is easy to get a lot of gear out to this lake. Since it is located along the Four Mile Portage, portage wheels are allowed eliminating the drudgery of carrying all gear on your back.

Ella Hall Lake may be landlocked; there are no obvious creeks flowing in or out of the lake.

Fishing on the lake can be pretty good for northern pike.

The remains of an old pier or dock-like structure are found on the north shore in the western end of the lake.

The portage to Mud Lake is not heavily used and is moderately overgrown. The portage into Ella Hall Lake from the Four Mile Portage is well worn and fairly open. A recent windstorm in the area decimated many of the trees along this portage. This portage begins very near to Muskeg Lake. However Muskeg Lake is not easily accessible because of said windstorm which destroyed the short portage down to the lake. You can still reach Muskeg Lake with a bit of bushwhacker (maybe 10 rods). Walk down the Four Mile Portage a bit to find an easier access point for Muskeg Lake.


Exploring Ella Hall Lake


A beaver lodge a short ways east of the Mud Lake portage.



Beginning at the Mud Lake portage, paddling along the south shoreline of Ella Hall Lake until reach the small island in the far eastern end of the lake.



The south shoreline of Ella Hall Lake. This is near the middle point of the lake. View is to the east/northeast.



This stretch of paddling begins on the east end of Ella Hall Lake. You paddle all the way to the west end of the lake generally staying near the north shoreline. The paddle completes at the portage from Ella Hall Lake out to the Four Mile Portage (very near to Muskeg Lake).



This is a view to the west looking at a small point extending off the north side of the largest island in this lake.



A beaver lodge which is located in the northwest corner of Ella Hall Lake.



The remains of an old dock or pier along the north shore in the western end of the lake.



A shallow bay in the west end of Ella Hall Lake.


Route Connections for Ella Hall Lake

From Ella Lake, you can portage to Mud Lake and the Four Mile Portage (and arrive near Muskeg Lake). Portage does not extend to Muskeg Lake anymore as it was destroyed by windstorm. The Four Mile Portage connects Fall Lake and Basswood Lake. You can use portage wheels on this portage.

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