Lake Two
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Nearest Entry Point: Lake One #30 Fishing: MN DNR Fish Survey; Northern Pike, Bluegill, Rock Bass, Walleye, Smallmouth Bass
Maps: Fisher F-10, F-31 Special; McKenzie #18 Lake Depth: MN DNR Lake Map; 35 feet
Fire History: 2011 and 1894
Lake Size: 537 acres
Campsites: 11 Wildlife Seen on Visit: Bald Eagles, Waterfowl
Last Visited: July 3, 2015 Lake Elevation: 1486 feet (raised by dam)
Water Clarity: MN DNR

Routes from Lake Two:
To Lake One: Walk the 38 rod portage and the 27 rod portage
To Lake Three: Paddle In
To Rifle Lake: Walk the 69 rod portage
To Rock Island Lake: Bushwhack for about 40 rods

Lake Two

Kawishiwi Ranger District

Lake Two is another lake along the Kawishiwi River. Do not expect to find solitude in this lake (or any other of the numbered lakes). Water flows into Lake Two from Lake Three and flows out of the lake through two separate channels; the long north finger where the dam is, and via the two sets of rapids on the northwest side of the lake that are separated by a small pond. A dam, Lake No. 2 Dam, separates Lake Two from Lake One in the long finger that extends out the north side of the lake. There is no portage around this dam and this area has a lot of current and can be quite dangerous. Therefore, avoid trying to enter Lake One from the long, northern finger of Lake Two. The safe way to move between Lake One and Lake Two is via the two short portages which are separated by a pond. These portages are beaten flat by the heavy traffic they receive, but there is a nice set of rapids along each portage for you to ponder while you wait for other paddlers to come through.

Lake Two offers relatively easy access to part of the Weasel Lake Primitive Management Area (PMA). Access is via a no longer maintained portage along a small creek located in the western most bay of Lake Two. It is alright to visit Rock Island Lake anytime, but you need a separate permit to camp there as it is within a PMA. It is possible to go from Lake Two to Clearwater Lake by passing through Rock Island Lake.

Lake Two has about 13 miles of shoreline. Northern pike, smallmouth bass and walleye are all present in the lake. The entire south side of Lake Two was burned by the 2011 Pagami Creek Fire.

Exploring Lake Two

Lake Two in the BWCA
A moderate current takes the waters of Lake Two over the precipice and down the rapids towards Lake One. Lake One and Lake Two are two lakes along the Kawishiwi River.

Lake Two BWCA
Your view to the north from the portage leading back to Lake One. The rapids start just out of your view to the left. You can see the current lines.

Setting off from the Lake One portage, you glance at the top of the rapids where Lake Two drains out to Lake One. You paddle paddle northeast generally along the north side of the lake.

Now you are in the northwest part of Lake Two. From this part of the lake you continue along the north shore, passing several campsites along the way. Eventually you reach the burned area on the eastern end of the lake somewhat near to Lake Three.

At the edge of the burn area on the north shore of Lake Two, you head into Lake Two's eastern most bay (which appears to have just escaped the fire) and explore a little.

Lake Two Boundary Waters
A pretty bay on the east end of Lake Two near the connection to Lake Three.

From the eastern most bay of Lake Two along the lakes northern shoreline, you paddle back toward the west and into the bay where the portage to Rifle Lake can be found. You pull up your canoe at the portage landing.

Lake Two Photo BWCA
Looking out from the bay where the portage to Rifle Lake is found. You can see the burned and ravaged trees along the far shoreline.

Lake Two Boundary Waters Canoe Area
Standing at the beginning of the portage to Rifle Lake, you look across the small bay and out at main part of Lake Two (far to left).

Route Connections for Lake Two

From Lake Two, you can portage to Lake One or Rifle Lake. You can also paddle into Lake Three. In addition, you can also bushwhack into Rock Island Lake (within the Weasel Lake Primitive Management Area).

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PMA #1: Weeny PMA #4: Tick PMA #7: Pitfall PMA #10: Hairy
PMA #2: Canthook PMA #5: Spider PMA #8: Mugwump PMA #11: Weasel
PMA #3: Sundial PMA #6: Drag PMA #9: Humpback PMA #12: Fungus
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