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Nearest Entry Point: Cross River #50 or Missing Link Lake #51 (via Round Lake) Fishing: Fish detected on fish finder. Saw fish surfacing
Maps: Fisher F-12, McKenzie #7 Lake Depth: At least 11 feet; measured with depth finder
Bushwhack Rating: Piece of Cake Lake Size: About 7 or 8 acres
Campsites: Several rocky shelves to camp upon Wildlife Seen on Visit: Waterfowl and Beaver
Last Visited: May 12, 2016; Previous Visits: August 16, 2014 Lake Elevation: 1745 feet
Water Clarity: Bog stained Fire History: 1936, 1894, 1846, 1824 and 1727

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Unnamed Lake

Hairy Lake PMA

This unnamed lake is a small lake you must paddle across the reach the creek leading to Fool Lake, Lucky Pay Lake and Jester Lake. I call these lakes the Royal Court group of lakes or perhaps The Gambler's Chain. Even though this lake has no official name, give it some time, as it is very pretty in its own right. A series of small waterfalls empty the waters of this unnamed lake into Cross Bay Lake. The unnamed lake itself is raised a foot or two by a large beaver dam at the headwaters of this short, rapidly descending creek.

A number of smaller burns affected the eastern part of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness in 1936, including some areas in the Hairy Lake Primitive Management Area.

1894 saw a large number of fires throughout the entire BWCA. The fire in this area is called the Snipe Lake/Round Lake area to Gunflint Lake/Pine Lake area complex. This fire probably got its start near Round Lake, a popular BWCA entry point.

A fire started within what is now the Hairy Lake Primitive Management Area. The ignition point was probably somewhere between Mass Lake and Auk Lake. This fire, which took place in 1846, is called the Auk Lake/Long Island Lake/Cross Bay Lake Complex.

The 1824 Long Island Lake/Rush Lake/Loon Lake fire complex probably burned the eastern part of the Hairy Lake Primitive Management Area and moved eastward. It likely started somewhere around Snipe Lake, or perhaps the northwest part of Long Island Lake.

Way back in 1727, the Gordon Lake/Brule Lake/Winchell Lake Complex burned this area. It probably began somewhere near Sawbill Lake.


Approach to Unnamed Lake


You can hear the sound of the rushing creek before you can see it, as you approach this area on Cross Bay Lake. After you land your canoe, you portage around a small waterfall from Cross Bay Lake as you make your way up to an unnamed lake. The trail here is obvious; but there is deadfall. You have to pull your canoe up a rock face, which keeps things interesting. As you reach the unnamed lake, you notice the lake is held back by a large beaver dam, over which the creek flows on its short journey down to Cross Bay Lake below. Your paddle across the unnamed lake will bring you to the creek that leads farther into the Hairy Lake PMA; namely to Fool Lake, Jester Lake and Lucky Pay Lake (the Gambler's or Royal Court Lake Chain -- take your pick).


Cross Bay Lake bushwhack into Hairy Lake PMA
This waterfall is just up the trail to the left from where you landed the canoe.


Bushwhack to Unnamed Lake

Hairy Lake PMA Photo
Here is a close look at the upper part of the waterfall just below the beaver dam that holds back the lake.


Portage around a small waterfall from Cross Bay Lake up to an unnamed lake. Paddling across the unnamed lake will bring you to the creek that leads farther into the Hairy Lake PMA; namely to Fool Lake, Jester Lake and Lucky Pay Lake (the Royal Court Lake Chain).



Taking a look at the small creek just below the beaver dam that tumbles down to Cross Bay Lake.


Exploring Unnamed Lake

Unnamed Lake in the BWCA Hairy Lake PMA
Panoramic photo taken from the southeast side of the lake.


Paddling from the southeast part of the lake along the northeast shoreline back to near the beaver dam where the creek flows out down to Cross Bay Lake.

Hairy Lake Primitive Management Area Photo
This photo was taken as evening approached on the way out. This is a view from the start of the bushwhack leading back to Cross Bay Lake.

Hairy Lake Primitive Management Area in the BWCA
Looking down the northwest shoreline from near the beaver dam and creek that flows back to Cross Bay Lake.



View of the creek, the cliff and in the distance, the unnamed lake. You are standing at the start of the bushwhack to Fool Lake. The beaver run just beyond canoe creates a water path through the bog over to that cliff. It has enough water to paddle. From the cliff, going left the creek will open up and bring you to the unnamed lake. If you go right (about 200 yards), you will come to the little rapids marking the start of the bushwhack to Lucky Pay Lake.


 
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