Link Lake
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Nearest Entry Point: Seagull Lake; Saganaga Lake Fishing: MN DNR Fish Survey
Maps: Fisher F-19 and McKenzie #26 Lake Depth: At least 30 feet, but less than 40 feet (10 foot contours); MN DNR Lake Map
Bushwhack Rating: Lake Size: 37 acres
Campsites: Unknown Wildlife Seen on Visit: Never visited
Last Visited: Never Lake Elevation: 1449 feet
Water Clarity: MN DNR Fire History: 1863-64, 1801, 1727 and 1692

Link Lake

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Pitfall Lake PMA

From Hanson Lake, Link Lake is easily accessed by paddling up a long channel into the main part of the lake. This narrow channel is probably the "link".

Link Lake was completely spared by the Cavity Lake Fire. Only Totem Lake and Chaco Lake enjoyed similar fates. All other lakes in the Pitfall Lake Primitive Management Area received at least some impact from the Cavity Lake Fire. Because the forest is still intact around Link Lake, you may want to considering searching for a campsite here. The lake also holds northern pike and is relatively deep.

A huge fire in 1863 or 1864 known as the Kawishiwi River/Alice Lake/Cypress Lake/Saganaga Lake complex burned the forests in this area.

Just after the turn of the 19th century, in 1801, another fire burned the area stretching from Gabimichigami Lake up through the Saganaga Lake area.

In 1727, area was burned by a fire that covered the region from Amoeber Lake to Sea Gull Lake.

1692 saw another large fire affect this area in what is now the BWCA.

Approach to Link Lake

The entrance into Link Lake can be found in a small inlet on the northeast end of Hanson Lake.

Bushwhack to Link Lake

There used to be a 5 rod portage that connected Ester Lake with the long channel of Link Lake.

Exploring Link Lake

The lake is the only one of the Pitfall PMA lakes accessible from Hanson Lake that was not affected by the Cavity Lake Fire. A large island is visible as paddlers exit the long channel and come into the main part of the lake. Northern pike are swimming in Link Lake. The lake never had any established campsites, but in the Primitive Management Areas that doesn't matter as long as you have a PMA permit from the U.S. Forest Service.

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