Yogi Lake
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Nearest Entry Point: Cross Bay Lake #50 Fishing: Unknown
Maps: Fisher F-12, McKenzie #7 Lake Depth: Unknown
Bushwhack Rating: Lake Size: 9 acres
Campsites: PMA - No designated campsites Wildlife Seen on Visit: Never visited
Last Visited: Never Lake Elevation: 1810 feet
Water Clarity: Unknown Fire History: 1936, 1894, 1846, 1824 and 1727

Yogi Lake

Hairy Lake PMA

Yogi Lake is a linchpin for access to other lakes in this part of the Hairy Lake PMA. Once you get to Yogi Lake (which doesn't appear to be terribly difficult) from Long Island Lake, you can travel to Swollen Ankle Lake and Lucky Pay Lake to the north via a small creek, and Juniper Lake, Little Copper Lake and Plug Lake to the west.

A number of smaller burns affected the eastern part of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness in 1936, including some areas in the Hairy Lake Primitive Management Area.

1894 saw a large number of fires throughout the entire BWCA. The fire in this area is called the Snipe Lake/Round Lake area to Gunflint Lake/Pine Lake area complex. This fire probably got its start near Round Lake, a popular BWCA entry point.

A fire started within what is now the Hairy Lake Primitive Management Area. The ignition point was probably somewhere between Mass Lake and Auk Lake. This fire, which took place in 1846, is called the Auk Lake/Long Island Lake/Cross Bay Lake Complex.

The 1824 Long Island Lake/Rush Lake/Loon Lake fire complex probably burned the eastern part of the Hairy Lake Primitive Management Area and moved eastward. It likely started somewhere around Snipe Lake, or perhaps the northwest part of Long Island Lake.

Way back in 1727, the Gordon Lake/Brule Lake/Winchell Lake Complex burned this area. It probably began somewhere near Sawbill Lake.

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Approach to Yogi Lake

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Enter a closed off bay on the northwest corner of Long Island Lake, due south of Yogi Lake. The bay is closed off from the rest of Long Island Lake by a beaver dam. Once over the beaver dam, head to the north end of this bay and look for the small creek that enters here from Yogi Lake. Follow this creek north.

Bushwhack to Yogi Lake

From the secluded bay on Long Island Lake, follow the creek north through the forest for about 15 rods until you enter the south end of a long, but narrow peat bog. The creek flows north through the peat bog. The peat bog is about 65 rods across, but much of it could be paddled (depending on water levels) since the creek cuts through this area. When you reach the north end of the peat bog, you just need to plow through a few trees for less than 5 rods to the east end of Yogi Lake. The entire distance from the north side of the little bay on Long Island Lake to Yogi Lake is roughly 85 rods.

Exploring Yogi Lake

Yogi is a very small and shallow lake. From its west end, you can head north up a creek towards Swollen Ankle Lake and even Lucky Pay Lake. The latter is approached from this direction via a long and circuitous creek. You can also head out the southwest corner of Yogi Lake to the west and travel to Juniper Lake and two other lakes beyond.

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PMA #1: Weeny PMA #4: Tick PMA #7: Pitfall PMA #10: Hairy
PMA #2: Canthook PMA #5: Spider PMA #8: Mugwump PMA #11: Weasel
PMA #3: Sundial PMA #6: Drag PMA #9: Humpback PMA #12: Fungus
Auk Lake Fungus Lake Lucky Pay Lake (Sore Foot) Lake
Burt Lake Hairy Lake Mass Lake (Swollen Ankle) Creek
Din Lake Intersection Lake Moth Lake Swollen Ankle Lake
Don Lake Iris Lake Myth Lake Tame Lake
Ell Lake Jester Lake Plug Lake Yogi Lake
Fetters Lake Juniper Lake Ragged Lake  
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