Siren Lake
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Nearest Entry Point: Kawishiwi Lake Fishing: Unknown
Maps: Fisher F-11, F-12; McKenzie #7, #8 Lake Depth: Unknown
Bushwhack Rating: Lake Size: 12 acres
Campsites: None Wildlife Seen on Visit: Never visited
Last Visited: Never Lake Elevation: 1700 feet
Water Clarity: MN DNR Fire History: 1894?, 1875 and 1863-64

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Siren Lake

Mugwump Lake PMA

This lake drains south through a small creek into the west side of Vee Lake.

In 1894, a relatively small fire burned the area between Pace Lake and Sprig Lake in what is now the Mugwump Lake Primitive Management Area within the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. Siren Lake was on the western boundary of this fire and may have had some of its shoreline burned.

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 Siren Lake

A creek connects Siren Lake to Vee Lake. However, almost none of this creek is floatable in a canoe and it is a long route; about 275 rods.

A better approach is probably from Pace Lake, which is just north of Amimi Lake. Find the creek flowing into the western most point of Pace Lake and start paddling up it toward the west.


Bushwhack to Siren Lake

The creek starts out navigable as it flows through peat bog west of Pace Lake, but slowly deteriorates. This section is about 60 rods. You follow the creek west at first and then it turns north. Eventually the creek makes another turn to the west and at this point, the forest takes over and you run out of peat bog. Follow the creek west into the woods for about 60 rods further. Now, you come to a swampy unnamed lake. Paddle directly across this lake to the west end and trudge across the peat bog that extends from the lakes west end. The peat bog trudge is about 20 rods to the west side. From this side of the peat bog, continue west into the forest and bushwhack for 20 rods. You will now come out into yet another peat bog, but you should be able to make out the sparkly water of Siren Lake a few hundred feet to your northwest. You will want to consider using a GPS or a compass for this last section that goes through the forest for 20 rods. It is very easy to get turned around in the woods.


Exploring Siren Lake

Siren Lake is a shadow of its former self. A glance at a satellite image shows where parts of this lake have been lost to peat bog. In particular the north end has shrunk substantially. A rocky point extends out into the lake from the northwest shore. The creek that drains Siren Lake flows out of its south end. There are no other routes beyond Siren Lake.


 
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