Hog Creek
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Nearest Entry Point: Hog Creek #36 Fishing: Unknown
Maps: Fisher F-5; McKenzie #20 Creek Depth: At least 6 feet
Fire History:
Creek Length: About 14.5 miles.
Campsites: None Wildlife Seen on Visit: None
Last Visited: July 10, 2016 Creek Elevation: Starts at Hog Lake at 1861 feet and has its mouth at Perent Lake at 1615 feet. The creek flows through Vyre Lake and Bill Lake along its course.
Water Clarity: N/A

Routes from Hog Creek:
To BWCA Entry Point 36: Walk the 15 rod portage
To Perent Lake: Paddle In

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Hog Creek

Tofte Ranger District

The "Hogger" is a twisty, slow moving creek with few obstacles. There will often be a beaver dam or two to liftover along the route between the entry point and Perent Lake. There is an easy portage too. Water levels are rarely an issue along Hog Creek, but it is possible during an exceptionally dry year to have water levels low enough that you may have to push sometimes rather than paddle. Bugs can be an issue along Hog Creek as the route passes through low lying swamps and bogs.

Hog Creek starts well upstream of BWCA Entry Point 34. The headwaters are at Hog Lake which is outside of the BWCA. The upper reaches of this stream are less passable and have more elevation drop than the section within the Boundary Waters. Driving out to the entry point, you will probably pass over Hog Creek a number of times as it winds its way through the bogs and forests of the area. From the entry point down to Perent Lake, the creek is easy to paddle. This is a nice route for beginners actually since there are few portages, the creek requires some maneuvering, and Perent Lake is a good camping lake with lots of sites. The fishing on Perent Lake can be pretty good for northern pike and walleye. This route is often underutilized too, so getting a permit for Hog Creek on short notice is sometimes possible.

Allow extra time to paddle the creek. It is longer than it looks from the entry point to Perent Lake because of all the twists and turns in the stream.


Paddling Hog Creek

Hog Creek in the BWCA
Hog Creek flows from right to left as it slowly rolls by the entry point portage landing.


Hog Creek in the BWCA
A look downstream at Hog Creek. This is the direction you want to go to Perent Lake.


Hog Creek in the BWCA
Upstream view of Hog Creek from the portage landing for the entry point. Just to right of center you can barely make out a road sign. This is the road that provides access to the Kawishiwi Lake and Hog Creek entry points.



Watching Hog Creek flow by lazily in the early evening.


Route Connections for Hog Creek

From Hog Creek you can paddle into Perent Lake or your can exit the wilderness by portaging to BWCA Entry Point 36.

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