BWCA Entry Point 67 - Bog Lake
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Entry Point: Bog Lake #67 Last Visited: July 10, 2016
Maps: Fisher F-4; McKenzie #19 Daily Quota: 2
Fire History: 2011
Nearest Ranger Station: Tofte Ranger Station, Tofte, MN along Hwy. 61 on the North Shore
Portage Length from Parking Lot: 250 rods Restroom at Entry Point: No

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BWCA Entry Point 67 - Bog Lake

Tofte Ranger District

Take Forest Road 377 to the Bog Lake Entry Point. It is the same road as that for the Island River entry point and the Lake Isabella entry point. In fact, the Island River is just three miles down the road to the east (past Bog Lake) if coming from Highway 1 and the town of Isabella. From Minnesota Highway 1, head to the town of Isabella if coming from the North Shore (Lake Superior). Once in Isabella, just head out of town on Forest Road 912. There are many signs along these gravel forest roads that show the mileage and direction to the many BWCA entry points in the area. The signs are posted at almost every intersection.

Driving out to the entry point is only half the battle when it comes to getting to Bog Lake. From the BWCA Bog Lake Entry Sign along Forest Road 377, turn onto the access road. This access road really sucks. By mid-summer 2016, it had grass growning down the middle ridge (hump) of the road over two feet high in places. Makes for some unpleasant sounds coming from underneath your car. If you have a low to the ground vehicle, you will want to drive this slowly and carefully. There are some good sized potholes and there can be a boulder or two hidden in the tall grass growing in the middle of the road. It is a fairly long drive down this miserable little road too until you get to the overgrown parking lot. As soon as you step from your car, you will likely be dive-bombed by a few million mosquitos, black flies and deer flies. They don't call this Bog Lake for nothing.

Things don't get easier once you get your gear sorted out and are ready to head to the lake. It is a 250 rod portage to Bog Lake from the parking lot. This portage is very overgrown and had a fair amount of deadfall that you have to climb over or bushwhack around. The bugs will happily suck your blood all the way from the parking lot to the lake.

Once at Bog Lake, the scene is not disappointing. This is a pretty lake. The area where the canoe landing is as well as most of the south half of the lake is forested. The north half of Bog Lake was burned to the ground by the 2011 Pagami Creek Fire.

There are no other routes out of Bog Lake. You are here to stay (or flee back to your car).


Exploring the Entry Point

BWCA Entry Point 67 - Bog Lake
Sign for Bog Lake along Forest Route 377. Turn onto the entry point access road here.


BWCA Entry Point 67 - Bog Lake
This is a view of the access road from the parking lot. The grass is taller and thicker than you see here in many parts of this fairly long access road. Be careful if you have a low clearance vehicle because there is an occasional boulder or hump hidden in the grass that will "crunch" your car.


BWCA Entry Point 67 - Bog Lake
The Bog Lake parking lot. It is fairly small, a bit overgrown and swarming with bugs. The portage of 250 rods begins in the middle of your view.


BWCA Entry Point 67 - Bog Lake
The bulletin board, the official BWCA boundary marker and the beginning of a rough portage that goes from the parking lake to the shore of Bog Lake. The portage starts out traversing a bog (go figure) and then enters a hilly forested area.


BWCA Entry Point 67 - Bog Lake
This view of Bog Lake greets you as you clear the trees at the end of the long portage.

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