Hustler River
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Nearest Entry Point: Burntside Lake or Big Lake Fishing: Unknown
Maps: Fisher F-8, F-9, McKenzie #15, #16 River Depth: Unknown
Bushwhack Rating: River Length: About 3 miles from Hustler Lake to Finger Lake
Campsites: Unknown Wildlife Seen on Visit: Never visited
Last Visited: Never River Elevation: Headwaters at Hustler Lake at 1316 feet. Mouth at Finger Lake is 1226 feet
Water Clarity: N/A Fire History: 1755 and 1681

Hustler River

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Weeny Lake PMA

There are several trip reports that describe travel along the Hustler River. The main takeaway from these trip reports is that you do not want to tackle this route during low water. This would likely be a good trip for the spring when the river is swollen from the spring melt. The Hustler River flows out of Hustler Lake and winds its way north into Finger Lake bisecting nearly the entire north-south breadth of the Weeny Lake PMA. Along the way, it flows through Posse Lake and a couple other small ponds. About a mile before reaching Finger Lake, a small creek flowing from Lucky Finn Lake dumps in on the Hustler River's west bank. Lucky Finn Lake is about a 45 rod bushwhack to the west using this small creek for orienteering. The creek is not floatable with a canoe.

This area of the BWCA has escaped fire for a long time. The most recent fire was in 1755. That fire is known as the Big Moose, Oyster and Lac La Croix complex. Another fire affected the area in 1681.

Paddling the Hustler River

From Hustler Lake to Finger Lake is roughly three miles. Try to travel the Hustler River during high water. No matter when you visit, you will be doing a good bit of bushwhacking as there are several stretches of river that are not navigable. You will probably triple the required effort if you visit the Hustler in late summer when there is low water. During high water, expect to still spend a good half day traveling from Hustler Lake up to Finger Lake.

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
Brigand Lake Hag Creek Lucky Finn Lake Posse Lake
Charm Lake Hag Lake Mantle Lake Range Line Creek
Contentment Lake Hustler River Nahimana Lake Weeny Lake
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