Charm Lake
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Nearest Entry Point: Either Moose River #16 or Little Indian Sioux North #14 Fishing: Unknown
Maps: Fisher F-16; McKenzie #12, #13, #14 Lake Depth: Unknown
Bushwhack Rating: Lake Size: 39 acres
Campsites: Unknown Wildlife Seen on Visit: Never visited
Last Visited: Never Lake Elevation: 1246 feet
Water Clarity: MN DNR Fire History: 1755 and 1681

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Charm Lake

Weeny Lake PMA

This lake is relatively accessible from Ge-be-on-a-quet Lake. There are several trip reports to be found on the Internet for Charm Lake too.

It appears from satellite imagery, that about half of the creek that connects Charm Lake to Ge-be-on-a-quet Lake is navigable. The remaining 20 rods you will have to do the hard way...BUSHWHACK!!! The water from Charm Lake flows into Ge-be-on-a-quet Lake. Interestingly, the water from Mantle Lake flows to the northeast towards Lac La Croix indicating that there is good separation between Charm Lake and Mantle Lake. Eventually the water from Ge-be-on-a-quet Lake also flows into Lac La Croix via Ge-be-on-a-quet Creek.

Either of these little lakes would serve as a nice campsite for those seeking solitude. None of the trip reports seem to indicate any established campsites on these lakes.

This area of the BWCA has escaped fire for a long time. The most recent fire was in 1755. That fire is known as the Big Moose, Oyster and Lac La Croix complex. Another fire affected the area in 1681.


Approach to Charm Lake

You approach Charm Lake by entering a small, short creek at the back of the long northwest arm of Ge-be-on-a-quet Lake.


Bushwhack to Charm Lake

A straight forward bushwhack along a short stretch of creek. The eastern end of the creek near Ge-be-on-a-quet Lake is probably navigable, but soon it narrows and you will be carrying, pushing and yanking your canoe the rest of the way into Charm Lake. The entire bushwhack is about 40 rods.


Exploring Charm Lake

This small lake offers a nice respite. Assuming you have a permit for camping in the Weeny Lake Primitive Management Area, you will have complete solitude for relatively little extra effort. Charm Lake is a dead end route, the only other reasonable (not all bushwhackers are reasonable) place in the area to visit is Mantle Lake. Currently do not know if there is a portage trail of any kind between these two lakes.

A small wetland on the west side of the lake may be worth a quiet visit during the evening in the hopes of spotting a moose.


 
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PMA #2: Canthook PMA #5: Spider PMA #8: Mugwump PMA #11: Weasel
PMA #3: Sundial PMA #6: Drag PMA #9: Humpback PMA #12: Fungus
       
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