Capote Lake
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Nearest Entry Point: Snowbank Lake Fishing: Unknown
Maps: Fisher F-11, F-12; McKenzie #7, #8 Lake Depth: Unknown
Bushwhack Rating: Lake Size: 17 acres
Campsites: None Wildlife Seen on Visit: Never visited
Last Visited: Never Lake Elevation: 1670 feet
Water Clarity: MN DNR Fire History: 1875 and 1863-64

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Capote Lake

Mugwump Lake PMA

Capote is the definition of a long hooded cloak or cape. I suppose with some imagination, one could imagine that image from the shape of this lake on a map.

Capote Lake drains west into Bakekana Lake via a creek connection. The south edge of Capote Lake was impacted somewhat by the 1999 Independence Day windstorm.

In 1875, a large fire complex called the Alice Lake/Ogishkemuncie Lake/Tuscarora Lake/Cherokee Lake Complex burned the area around all those major lakes. It probably started near Lake Insula or the Hog Lake area.

There was another large fire in this area around 1863-1864. This fire is known as the North Kawishiwi River/Alice Lake/Cypress Lake/Saganaga Lake Complex. Like the fire that burned this area in 1875, it began south of the current BWCAW's southern boundary.


Approach to Capote Lake

Find the creek that flows into the very eastern end of Bakekana Lake from Capote Lake.


Bushwhack to Capote Lake

Beginning at the very eastern end of Bakekana Lake, follow the small creek that flows in from Capote Lake toward the east for about 45 rods. At this point, the creek becomes more navigable. Paddle up the creek which passes through mostly peat bog for about 70 rods until you come to a fork. Stay right at the fork (east) and paddle maybe 40 more rods until the creek disappears into the peat bog. From here, bushwhack along what remains of the little creek about 50 more rods to the southeast, through peat bog, until you reach the north end of Capote Lake.


Exploring Capote Lake

Capote Lake is a shallow lake with a fair amount of vegetation coating its surface. There is a small island in the north end of the lake. A rocky and forested point sticks out from the southwest edge of the lake. Capote Lake is a dead end and there are no reasonable routes beyond.


 
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