Fall Lake
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Nearest Entry Point: Fall Lake #24 Fishing: MN DNR Fish Survey; Bluegill, Crappie, Northern Pike, Rock Bass, Smallmouth Bass, Walleye, Yellow Perch
Maps: Fisher F-10; McKenzie #17, #116 Lake Depth: MN DNR; 32 feet
Fire History:
Lake Size: 2,258 acres
Campsites: 8 (also the Fall Lake Campground run by U.S. Forest Service) Wildlife Seen on Visit: Mink, Loons, Bald Eagle
Last Visited: August 26, 2018
Previous Visits: September 4, 2016
Lake Elevation: 1319 feet
Water Clarity: MN DNR

Routes from Fall Lake:
To Basswood Lake (Hoist Bay): Walk the entire Four Mile Portage (1,280 rods). Yup.
To BWCA Entry Point 24: Pull out
To Ella Hall Lake: Walk 1 1/2 miles on Four Mile Portage and then walk the 45 rod portage
To Mud Lake: Walk 1 1/4 miles on Four Mile Portage and then walk about 85 rod portage
To Muskeg Lake: Walk about 1 1/2 miles along the Four Mile Portage
To Newton Lake: Walk the 40 rod portage

Fall Lake

Kawishiwi Ranger District

Fall Lake is the location of BWCA Entry Point 24 and the Fall Lake Campground which is run by the U.S. Forest Service.

From Fall Lake you can basically go two directions, both of which lead to some part of Basswood Lake. Heading northwest from the entry point, you can portage 40 rods around Newton Falls into Newton Lake. Paddling the length of Newton Lake is about two miles. At the north end of Newton Lake there is a 90 rod portage around Pipestone Falls. This gets you into Pipestone Bay of Basswood Lake. If you head to the northeast from the entry point, you are faced with the Four Mile Portage (1,280 rods). The other end of this portage is at Hoist Bay on Basswood Lake. It's not all bad. Along the way (at about the 1 1/2 mile mark) there is access to three lakes. Muskeg Lake is along the Four Mile Portage, but there isn't a maintained portage into the lake any longer as it was destroyed by the recent windstorms in the area (2018). You can still bushwhack down to the lake with a little effort. Ella Hall Lake can be reached over a 45 rod portage from the Four Mile Portage. Mud Lake is reachable over an 85 rod portage from the southwest corner of Ella Hall Lake.

Fall Lake offers reasonable fishing mostly for northern pike and walleye.

Fall Lake is the location of the mouth of the Kawishiwi River. The Kawishiwi River flows into Fall Lake at the powerplant in the south part of the lake. You can reach the falls by following the Kawishiwi Falls Trail. There is a sign marking it along the Fernberg Trail. The lake is also fed by a small creek coming from Stub Lake just east of the entry point. Another major source of water into the lake is from the Sagawa River which flows into the southwest end of the lake. The waters of Fall Lake flow to the north over Newton Falls into Newton Lake on their way to Basswood Lake.


Exploring Fall Lake

Paddling North Across Fall Lake from BWCA Entry Point 24 to the Four Mile Portage to Basswood Lake


Looking generally northwest. The end of the dock at the entry point landing is visible.



From BWCA Entry Point 24 you are looking to the northeast across Fall Lake. In the middle distance is Mile Island. The south end of Mile Island demarcs the boundary of the BWCA.



Turning from a compass direction of northwest to northeast, looking out at Fall Lake from BWCA Entry Point 24 boat landing.



Fall Lake - Paddling from Entry Point 24 to Campsite on south end of Mile Island



Fall Lake - Paddle North from Campsite on South End of Mile Island to next Campsite in BWCA



Fall Lake - Paddling from Middle Campsite to North Campsite on Mile Island



Fall Lake - Paddling from Campsite on North End of Mile Island to Four Mile Portage in BWCA



The remains of a large wooden dock that dates back to the logging era. The Four Mile Portage was a railway back in the logging days and this was a major loading point.


Paddling from the Four Mile Portage south across Fall Lake to BWCA Entry Point 24


Fall Lake - Paddling from Four Mile Portage to Abandoned Campsite on Mile Island in BWCA



Close up of the old dock/pier structure at the end of the Four Mile Portage.



Small island due west of point where the old log pier is located on Fall Lake.



View is to the west taking in the west end of the small island. Near sunset in mid-summer.



Mile Island is visible to right of center. The campsite on the north tip of that island can also be seen (sand beach).



Fall Lake - Paddling West Side of Mile Island from Abandoned Campsite to Entry Point 24 in BWCA


Route Connections for Fall Lake

From Fall Lake, you can portage to Newton Lake. There is also the Four Mile Portage that connects Fall Lake to Hoist Bay on Basswood Lake. Along the Four Mile Portage there is access to Muskeg Lake, but you will have to do a little bushwhacking to get to the water. There is also a 45 rod portage from the Four Mile Portage to Ella Hall Lake. You can also exit at BWCA Entry Point 24.

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