Totem Lake
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Nearest Entry Point: Seagull Lake; Saganaga Lake Fishing: MN DNR Fish Survey; Northern Pike and Yellow Perch
Maps: Fisher F-19 and McKenzie #26 Lake Depth: 19 feet (10 foot contours); MN DNR Lake Map
Bushwhack Rating: Lake Size: 15 acres; MN DNR Lake Map
Campsites: Unknown Wildlife Seen on Visit: Never visited
Last Visited: Never Lake Elevation: 1440 feet
Water Clarity: Unknown Fire History: 1863-64, 1801, 1727 and 1692

Totem Lake

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Pitfall Lake PMA

Totem Lake would make for an easy side trip from Ester Lake. It is a 5 rod bushwhack through the little creek that connects Totem Lake to Ester Lake. Totem Lake is probably not a desirable lake to camp on because it looks to have a mushy shoreline for the most part. There is a campsite on Ester Lake right next to where you head into Totem Lake.

Totem Lake has northern pike in its waters.

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 Totem Lake

Find the small creek near the campsite on the east shore of Ester Lake.

Bushwhack to Totem Lake

A trivial 5 rod bushwhack along the creek connecting Totem Lake to Ester Lake.

Exploring Totem Lake

The lake has an interesting shoreline with the long point dividing the lake in two. Lake would be a good place to visit for folks camping on Ester Lake as it has northern pike for those interested in fishing. Totem Lake, being small, would be a nice place to spend the day if the wind is kicking up on the larger lakes.

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