Starlight Lake
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Nearest Entry Point: Lake One Fishing: Unknown
Maps: Fisher F-11 and McKenzie #19 Lake Depth: Unknown
Bushwhack Rating: Lake Size: 103 acres
Campsites: Unknown Wildlife Seen on Visit: Never visited
Last Visited: Never Lake Elevation: 1545 feet
Water Clarity: MN DNR Fire History: 1916-17, 1910, and 1885-89

Starlight Lake

Drag Lake PMA

On old BWCA maps, this lake was once called Burnt Lake. I think most would agree that Starlight Lake is a much prettier name.

Startlight Lake is reached after a very long journey beginning back at Delta Lake about two miles to the west. Getting here requires navigating Drumstick Creek, several unnamed lakes and ponds, Quartz Lake, Blinker Lake and a couple of small creeks. Given the large size (over 100 acres), remoteness and varied shoreline of the lake, it will probably feel like a real accomplishment if anyone every makes it out here.

The forest fires of 1885-1889 affected the area from Fire Lake up to Disappointment Lake.

A fire in 1910 burned a swath of forest from the Horseshoe/Wilder Lake area and move north, burning the forests around Parent Lake and Disappointment Lake.

Fire burned the region in 1916-1917 centered on the Drumstick Creek drainage and forest just to its east.

Approach to Starlight Lake

Head to the east end of Blinker Lake and look for the small creek which is likely hard to see. Follow the creek east into the woods.

Bushwhack to Starlight Lake

This really just represents the last leg of the bushwhack to Starlight Lake which in actuality begun from Delta Lake and points beyond.

On the very eastern edge of Blinker Lake, proceed along the small creek through the forest. This stretch lasts maybe 7 rods and then leaves the woods and enters a peat bog. At this point you may be uplifted a bit by the glint of light shining off the waters of Starlight Lake visible on the far side of the peat bog. From here, simply head east along the creek through the peat bog for 50 rods and you will have finally arrived at Starlight Lake. During high water conditions, much of this creek may be floatable.

Exploring Starlight Lake

The lure of Starlight Lake is that it is large, it is remote (smack in the middle of the Drag Lake Primitive Management Area) and has a varied shoreline that looks worthy of exploration. There are likely fish in the lake, but cannot know for sure since there is no data to be found on this lake. Campers should be able to find a spot to pitch a tent. There is nothing beyond Starlight Lake which makes it a there and back again destination. This is probably part of the reason it is seldom visited (besides being a lot of work to reach).

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