Morgan Lake
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Nearest Entry Point: Morgan Lake #45 Fishing: MN DNR; Northern Pike. Lake used to be stocked with brook trout and splake, but they are no longer present
Maps: Fisher F-13; McKenzie #2 Lake Depth: MN DNR; 46 feet
Fire History: Lake Size: 84 acres
Campsites: 0 Wildlife Seen on Visit: Beaver
Last Visited: June 26, 2021 Lake Elevation: 1866 feet
Water Clarity: MN DNR

ROUTES/PORTAGES FROM MORGAN LAKE:
To BWCA Entry Point 45: Walk the 370 rod portage
To Carl Lake: Walk the 10 rod portage
To Jake Lake: Walk the 55 rod portage

Morgan Lake

Gunflint Ranger District

The portage from the entry point parking lot to the shore of Morgan Lake is a long one, but is its not otherwise too difficult. The portage has some ups and downs. The major muddy areas now have boardwalks over them, leaving just a few small mudholes to dance your way around. The portages to Carl Lake and Jake Lake are easy. The portage to Jake Lake is very flat and skirts the edge of a marsh.

Surprisingly there are no campsites on Morgan Lake. There are some open areas in the forest not far west of the entry point landing, but they are not campsites.

Lots of beaver seen on the west end of this lake.

Carl Lake drains into the south side of Morgan Lake near the portage. Morgan Lake flows out to the west into Jake Lake through a semi-navigable creek that passes through a marsh.

Logging occurred around this lake as recently as the late 1950's, so there are few large trees along the shoreline.

The lake has northern pike. Back in the 1980's Morgan Lake and Jake Lake were managed for stream trout. Those fish are no longer present in the lake.

Exploring Morgan Lake

Routes to locations on Morgan Lake are shown below:
Paddling from the BWCA Entry Point 45 portage to the Carl Lake portage
Paddling from the Jake Lake portage to the BWCA Entry Point 45 portage

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PADDLING FROM THE BWCA ENTRY POINT 45 PORTAGE TO THE CARL LAKE PORTAGE

Morgan Lake 1
View to the west of Morgan Lake. This is from the BWCA Entry Point 45 canoe landing.



Paddling along the south shore of Morgan Lake from the BWCA Entry Point 45 landing to the Carl Lake portage, which is found back in a little inlet.


Morgan Lake 2
The landing for the Carl Lake portage is a little rough. The portage is very short and easy.


PADDLING FROM THE JAKE LAKE PORTAGE TO THE BWCA ENTRY POINT 45 PORTAGE

Morgan Lake 3
The Jake Lake portage starts back in this small inlet. Looking south at the western end of Morgan Lake.



A dead calm evening paddle of the full length of Morgan Lake from the Jake Lake portage to the BWCA Entry Point 45 portage landing. Some beaver activity to be observed along the way. Views of distant Lima Mountain are to be had for much of this route. Lima Mountain rises (elevation 2,238 feet) over the east end of Morgan Lake. The elevation of Morgan Lake is 1,866 feet.

Route Connections for Morgan Lake

From Morgan Lake you can portage to Carl Lake or Jake Lake. You can also portage to the BWCA Entry Point 45 parking lot.

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