Kaiak Lake
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Nearest Entry Point: Round Lake Fishing: Unknown
Maps: Fisher F-11, F-12; McKenzie #7, #8 Lake Depth: Unknown
Bushwhack Rating: Lake Size: 10 acres
Campsites: None Wildlife Seen on Visit: Never visited
Last Visited: Never Lake Elevation: 1650 feet
Water Clarity: Unknown Fire History: 1875 and 1863-64

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Kaiak Lake

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The only reason you will likely visit Kaiak Lake is because you are already at Horsefish Lake. Kaiak may be a derivative of the common spelling for kayak, a boat. The lake is shaped vaguely like a kayak too.

The water of Kaiak Lake drains into Horsefish Lake.

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 Kaiak Lake

Beginning from the east bay in the middle of Horsefish Lake, follow the creek to the east to get to Kaiak Lake.


Bushwhack to Kaiak Lake

Bushwhack along a small creek from Horsefish Lake to Kaiak Lake. Stay to the north side of this creek as it is peat bog. The south side is forest and is probably much harder travel. The entire distance is about 100 rods, but it is a very straightforward. The creek is not navigable so you will be lugging your gear all the way. On a positive note, you can probably just bring your canoe and a day pack and leave the rest of your stuff at a campsite on Horsefish Lake. Don't forget to hang your food pack.


Exploring Kaiak Lake

This sliver of a lake should be worth a visit. Extensive deposits of stone line the east side of this lake. The rest of the shore is peat bog and sparse forest. Given the steep rockiness of the lakes shoreline, expect Kaiak Lake to be fairly deep for its size. There is no way to know anything for sure though unless some adventurous paddlers pay a visit.


 
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