Travois 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: 50 acres
Campsites: None Wildlife Seen on Visit: Never visited
Last Visited: Never Lake Elevation: 1667 feet
Water Clarity: MN DNR Fire History: 1875 and 1863-64

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Travois Lake

Mugwump Lake PMA

Another beautiful lake found in the Mugwump Lake Primitive Management Area. The very north end of Travois Lake is just 50 rods south of the Kekekabic Trail. Some intrepid voyageurs have tried this route. A 1,955 foot mountain rises just to the west of the north end of Travois 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 near the town of Isabella, Minnesota.


Approach to Travois Lake

Find the wide creek flowing into the west side of Marble Lake and follow it upstream to the west.


Bushwhack to Travois Lake

Simply follow the creek between Marble Lake and Travois Lake. Most of this creek will allow passage of a canoe (with you in it). There is a short section near the middle of the route where the creek passes through forest that will require a 10 rod bushwhack. Other than that, a few beaver dams are probably the only obstacles. This is boggy country. When you reach Travois Lake, a round island will greet you just offshore.


Exploring Travois Lake

There are two large islands in this lake, one near the north end and one at the south end. One of the islands connects with the shoreline when the water is low. The lake is split almost evenly between an upper and lower half by a 50 foot wide channel with a large boulder marking the middle of the channel. This channel is shallow. Much of the lake has a rocky shoreline that can be rock hopped to some extent about its perimeter. A rocky ridge runs toward the northwest, from the north end of Travois Lake, and leads up to the Kekekabic Trail. If you decide to head this way, keep the rocky ridge to your right. The mountain to the northwest of the lake should provide a scenic back drop.


 
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