Ritual Lake
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Nearest Entry Point: Mudro Lake Fishing: Unknown
Maps: Fisher F-16, F-17; McKenzie #11, #12 Lake Depth: Unknown
Bushwhack Rating: Lake Size: 50 acres
Campsites: None Wildlife Seen on Visit:
Last Visited: Never Lake Elevation: 1278 feet
Water Clarity: MN DNR Fire History: 1894, 1875, 1864 and 1822

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Ritual Lake

Sundial Lake PMA

The 2011 printing of the McKenzie #11 map (Jackfish, Beartrap) displays a dotted line trail (not the usual red color like most portages) from the north tip of Wagosh Lake out to the south shore of Ritual Lake. So Ritual could be relatively accessible, or not. Ritual appears to be a small lake surrounded entirely by peat bog. It is a dead end lake.

The known fires in this region were the 1894 fires (possibly two of them) that are known as the Oriniack/Sioux River/Lac La Croix/Crooked Lake complex and the Chad/Cummings/Lac La Croix/Crooked Lake complex. In 1875 the Mule Creek/Sterling Lake/Sunday Lake/Crooked Lake complex burned much of the area. Eleven years prior to that, in 1864, the Little Indian Sioux River/Lac La Croix/Crooked Lake complex burned here. The oldest fire known to affect the area occurred in 1822 and is referred to as the Hook Lake/Hegman Lake/Crooked Lake complex.


Approach to Ritual Lake

The approach is from the very northern tip of Wagosh Lake. There is a single campsite on the west shore of Wagosh Lake, about a quarter mile south of the mythical trail leading out to Ritual Lake. A good place to rest up perhaps.


Bushwhack to Ritual Lake

The bushwhack probably follows the faint trail indicated on the McKenzie #11 map. Note that Wagosh Lake has an elevation of 1342 feet while Ritual Lake is at 1278 feet. You will therefore lose 64 feet of elevation on your way out to Ritual Lake. The last half of the bushwhack goes through bog land so depending on the time of year and the amount of rain, the ease with which one can reach Ritual Lake is likely to change dramatically.


Exploring Ritual Lake

There is little information on this lake, so get out there and post a trip report on this lake so other folks can see and learn about it.


 
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