Neglige Lake
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Nearest Entry Point: Snowbank Lake Fishing: Brook Trout (stocked) and maybe Rainbow Trout (Last stocked in 1988) - Lake managed by MN DNR as a designated trout lake; MN DNR Fish Survey
Maps: Fisher F-11 and McKenzie #8, #9 Lake Depth: 58 feet
Bushwhack Rating: Lake Size: 28 acres
Campsites: One Wildlife Seen on Visit: Never visited
Last Visited: Never Lake Elevation: 1450 feet
Water Clarity: MN DNR Fire History: No fires in recorded history

Neglige Lake

Have not yet visited this Primitive Management Area lake. The information displayed on this page are notes used for planning a future trip to this area. Use the information on this page at your own risk.

Spider Lake PMA

This lake is the only PMA lake managed as a trout fishery by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. The lake is stocked every year with roughly 1900 brook trout fingerlings. Once the lake was also stocked with rainbow trout. As of 1995, the rainbow trout were still present in the lake and mostly fed on Neglige Lake's crayfish population. This information is available by clicking the link above next to "Fishing:".

Neglige Lake supports a single campsite which is confirmed to still be in existence and in good shape, although the fire grate and latrine have been removed by the U.S. Forest Service. There are several trip reports and even videos of this lake available on the Internet and it receives a steady flow of visitors, most coming to try their luck with the "brookies".

Unsure why this lake is called Neglige. If the ending 'e' has an accent over it, then it is the French word for a garment typically worn by women that are in a state of undress. Neglige Lake is a beautiful and relatively narrow lake with clear water and with the trees along its shoreline tilting out over the surface. This could conjure an image of the garment for which the lake may be named. I think it makes sense anyways.

Pauly, Daniel, Exploring the Boundary Waters (Minneapolis:  University of Minnesota Press, 2005), 168.

Approach to Neglige Lake

You will find the old portage trail in a bay on the southwest shore of Trader Lake.

Bushwhack to Neglige Lake

This was previously a 50 rod maintained portage trail. The trail is still easy to follow, if a bit overgrown. At the very least, the Minnesota DNR will use this trail once per year to carry 52 pounds of brook trout fingerlings. Regular visits by the fishing folks wanting to catch brook trout also guarantees that this path will stay viable.

Exploring Neglige Lake

A good campsite exists on the lakes west end. The brook trout fishing in this lake is reported to be pretty good. Brook trout do not spawn in lakes, only in streams, so this is a put and take fishery that the Minnesota DNR keeps going. There are reports of some pretty good sized brook trout being caught in this lake.

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