Kettle Lake
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Nearest Entry Point: Snowbank Lake Fishing: Green sunfish and yellow perch; MN DNR Fish Survey
Maps: Fisher F-11 and McKenzie #8, #9 Lake Depth: 15 feet (5 foot contour lines); MN DNR Lake Map
Bushwhack Rating: Lake Size: 40 acres; MN DNR Lake Map
Campsites: One Wildlife Seen on Visit: Never visited
Last Visited: Never Lake Elevation: 1460 feet
Water Clarity: MN DNR Fire History: No fires in recorded history

Kettle Lake

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The name Kettle Lake is likely derived from a geologic formation known as a kettle hole. Kettle holes are deep depressions which were created by glaciation processes. Many kettle holes fill with water and become lakes.

Kettle Lake and Spider Lake to its west were heavily impacted by the 1999 Windstorm that occurred on Independence Day that year. Because of this, expect the formerly maintained portages into Kettle Lake and Spider Lake to be rough. Each of these lakes also used to have one maintained campsite, but the blowdown may have severely damaged both those locations too.

Approach to Kettle Lake

Look for the remains of an old portage trail on the very west end of Pickle Lake where the creek flows in from Kettle Lake.

Bushwhack to Kettle Lake

There used to be a 45 rod maintained portage that connected the west end of Pickle Lake to the east end of Kettle Lake. The 1999 Independence Day Blowdown may have damaged that portage. This portage is no longer maintained by the U.S. Forest Service, so wasn't cleared after the wind damage occurred. There is also a creek that connects Pickle Lake and Kettle Lake. Much of this creek is navigable. If you cannot find the old portage or if it is in too rough of shape, consider just paddling the creek and bushwhacking around the obstacles into Kettle Lake. The creek runs through a peat bog away from the treeline, so it should have been minimally impacted by the blowdown.

Exploring Kettle Lake

A single campsite used to exist on the east end of the lake near where the creek flows out and the old portage used to be. The blowdown may have damaged this campsite or lack of use may have allowed the forest to reabsorb it.

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