Stuart Lake
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Nearest Entry Point: Stuart River #19 Fishing: MN DNR Fish Survey; Northern Pike and Walleye
Maps: Fisher F-16, F-17; McKenzie #12 Lake Depth: MN DNR Lake Map; 40 feet
Fire History: 1904, 1894, 1875, 1864, 1862
Lake Size: 776 acres
Campsites: 5 Wildlife Seen on Visit:
Last Visited: September 6, 2014 Lake Elevation: 1249 feet
Water Clarity: MN DNR Routes from Stuart Lake:
To Dahlgren River: Walk the 118 rod portage
To Fox Lake: Walk the 292 rod portage
To Nibin Lake: Bushwhack for about 180 rods
To Stuart River: Walk the 78 rod portage

Stuart Lake

Kawishiwi Ranger District

Only have a few photos of this lake for now. More will be added at a later date.

Stuart Lake is a pretty one with four islands and approximately eight miles of shoreline. It acts as a hub for a number of route options. You can exit out the Dahlgren River and head up toward Lake Agnes and Lac La Croix. A long portage out of the northeast corner of the lake heads to Fox Lake and big Iron Lake beyond. The Stuart River leads to the Entry Point 19 - Stuart River parking lot. Access to the Sundial Lake Primitive Management Area from the east shore is also possible into Nibin Lake.

If you are into fishing, Stuart Lake supports gobs of small walleye and some good-sized pike.

The campsite on the east shoreline just south of the Fox Lake portage is probably the best of the lake's five campsites.

Water flows into Stuart Lake through the Stuart River. The Stuart River comes into the lake over a waterfall that can be impressive if the water is high. Stuart Lake empties into the Dahlgren River and flows to the north toward Lac La Croix.

Exploring Stuart Lake

Stuart River waterfall at Stuart Lake
Stuart River Falls during low water in September.

Stuart River waterfall at Stuart Lake in the BWCA
The falls are just a trickle during this visit to Stuart Lake.

Stuart Lake BWCA
You take in this view up on the east shoreline of Stuart Lake. Here you are standing at the end of the Stuart River portage just east of the waterfall.

Stuart Lake at the Nibin Lake portage
About a half mile up the east shore of Stuart Lake from the Stuart River portage, you will see this large flat rock shelf. You may also notice cairns built upon it. The cairns are there to mark the location of the Nibin Lake portage. This portage is now more of a bushwhack and no longer is displayed on new maps of the BWCA. The bushwhack is 180 rods and leads to Nibin Lake in the Sundial Lake Primitive Management Area (PMA).

Walking from the lakeshore along Stuart Lake, head up to the edge of the forest where the old, now unmaintained portage trail begins that leads to Nibin Lake.

Route Connections for Stuart Lake

From Stuart Lake, you can portage to Fox Lake, the Dahlgren River or the Stuart River. You can also bushwhack about 180 rods to Nibin Lake in the Sundial Lake Primitive Management Area.

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