Reflection Lake
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Nearest Entry Point: Snowbank Lake #27 Fishing: Unknown
Maps: Fisher F-11 and McKenzie #8, #9 Lake Depth: Less than 6 feet; partial MN DNR Lake Map
Bushwhack Rating: Piece of Cake Lake Size: 13 acres
Campsites: PMA - No designated campsites Wildlife Seen on Visit: Beaver
Last Visited: August 2, 2014 Lake Elevation: 1505 feet
Water Clarity: MN DNR Fire History: No fires in recorded history

Reflection Lake

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Spider Lake PMA

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Reflection Lake is accessed from a small bay in the northern part of Ima Lake by traversing a creek. From Ima Lake, the creek flows through some boulders and small rapids. It then goes through a small pond of dark water scattered with more rocks. The water in the creek is quite deep in spots, so it is a bit tricky to pull a canoe through. After this, just paddle up the creek through a marsh/peat bog. The creek is very narrow at times and you may encounter a beaver dam or two.

Reflection Lake is a heavily vegetated, shallow lake. There is a large cliff that stands out along the final stretch of the creek before reaching Reflection Lake. A large, very dark rock is along the south shore. To the northeast part of the lake is another cliff/large rock formation that marks the mouth of Sedative Creek. You will have to paddle through some thick lily pads to get into the mouth of Sedative Creek, if you are visiting this area in the summer or fall.

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Approach to Reflection Lake

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Paddling from the bay in the northern part of Ima Lake and then into the small creek flowing out of Reflection Lake. (Note: There may be a landing on the right side of the creek visible at the 0:43 mark of the video. Perhaps there is a bushwhacking trail through the forest that would allow you to avoid the boulder hop along the creek channel. Was not explored on visit.)

Bushwhack to Reflection Lake

Liftovers, some good balance and a few maneuvers around some rocks are necessary to get through the first part of this creek. After that, its a paddle through a grass marsh into Reflection Lake.

Exploring Reflection Lake

Reflection Lake in the BWCA Spider Lake PMA
Looking east across Reflection Lake, when you are just off the lakes western shoreline.

Paddling along the western shoreline of Reflection Lake.

Reflection Lake 3
The northeast shoreline of Reflection Lake. (Sedative) Creek's mouth is just to the right of the dark rocks on the right of your view.

Reflection Lake 1
View of the mouth of (Sedative) Creek, which enters Reflection Lake around the middle of its eastern shoreline. (Sedative) Creek flows through a valley that is lined by rock outcrops and cliffs on its north bank. Hard to actually see the mouth of the creek because of the tall grass, but it is there.

Reflection Lake in the BWCA
A large dark rock forms an obvious landmark on the south shore of Reflection Lake.

Reflection Lake 2
High rock formations along the south shore of the lake. The creek leading to Ima Lake flows off to the right, at the base of this cliff.

Reflection Lake Spider Lake PMA
Here you are looking to the northeast across Reflection Lake. The creek mouth for Sedative Creek is just behind the point that is to the right of center.

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