Sedative Creek
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Nearest Entry Point: Snowbank Lake #27 Fishing: Did not fish. Creek is quite narrow and marshy.
Maps: Fisher F-11 and McKenzie #8, #9 Creek Depth: 3 foot or more; MN DNR Map
Bushwhack Rating: This is fun, right? Creek Distance: About 1/4 mile from Sedative Lake to Reflection Lake
Campsites: Unknown Wildlife Seen on Visit: Beaver
Last Visited: August 2, 2014 Creek Elevation: About 1510 feet at the Sedative Lake headwaters; About 1505 feet at Reflection Lake mouth
Water Clarity: N/A Fire History: No fires in recorded history

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Sedative Creek

Spider Lake PMA

The lower part of Sedative Creek near Reflection Lake is wide and filled with the usual lily pads. As you paddle upstream towards Sedative Lake though, the creek gets narrower and narrower. You will encounter several beaver dams along the way that will require liftovers too. For the last 1/8th of a mile, the creek is so thin that it is barely wider than your canoe and there are several sharp turns that will probably require those with large tandem canoes to get out and push. Finally, just as the creek feels like it is going to disappear into the surrounding marsh on you, you will go around a final left turn and before you will be what is best described as a small grotto. On the left of this small pool is Sedative Creek tumbling over some rocks down a small rapids into the grotto's pool. On the right side, the creek supposedly continues on through the marsh past a rock projecting out of the water, but I was unable to penetrate the forest in this direction; very dense. Anyway, you want to proceed up these small rapids on the left. Rather, you want to look to the left of the little rapids where you will find a faint, but usable portage. I use "portage" in the PMA sense here, but it is nevertheless, a visible trail. There were two large trees that you have to get your canoe over or under at the start as of August, 2014. You can also just walked up the middle of Sedative Creek over the rocks. It is slightly tricky footing, but not far and the water feels good on a hot day. Sedative Creek flows out of Sedative Lake through a giant beaver dam. This dam probably raises the level of the entire lake a foot or two!


Paddling Sedative Creek


At the mouth of Sedative Creek, you now paddle into the marsh grass. Easy to locate because it is near those large cliffs/rock outcrops.


Sedative Creek in the BWCA Spider Lake PMA
Running out of elbow room as you get to the upper reaches of Sedative Creek. This is probably within a couple hundred feed of the small rapids that flow into the "grotto".



The navigable part of Sedative Creek ends in this grotto you have now paddled into. The small rapids to the left is the creek coming down from Sedative Lake which is only a short bushwhack from here. Another small creek comes in from the right by the boulder. A very pretty little place along the creek. You head left from here up those rapids.


Spider Lake Primitive Management Area Photo
On the left, you see Sedative Creek coming down the small rapids and flowing into this little pond. To the right of the photo, according to satellite imagery, another creek flows in near that rock from the east. That creek is difficult to find in the grass and brush because it is so small.


Sedative Creek and Sedative Lake BWCA
Your first view of Sedative Lake seen from the middle of Sedative Creek. In the middle of your view is the beaver dam, which Sedative Creek flows over and through, out of Sedative Lake.


 
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