There are huge pike in this lake and it sees relatively light attention from fisherman. It can be accessed from West Pike Lake or John Lake with the latter being the shortest way in. With large distances and longer portages to access the lake it can be quieter than other lakes in the area, outside of the peak season. It is a beautiful lake with a excellent smallmouth fishing in early summer, especially in the narrow section on the west end of the lake. It provides three nice campsites if you are looking to spend the night.
This large wide open site fits the mold of what most Boundary Waters campsites look and feel like, not that it’s a bad thing, but you won’t find anything unique here. Tons of space and well position trees make this an excellent candidate to string up a real bomb proof campsite. There is no drop off in front of the site, making for a great landing and difficult fishing from camp.
Tent Pads: 3 | Landing: A- | Fire Grate Area: B+ | Overall: B
The nicest thing about this spot is its excellent views to the west and potential for some world class sunsets. Other than that it is a bit underwhelming, offering a tricky landing, dark fire grate area and uneven footing. There are some nice trees right on the water to string up a hammock, that’s where I would be.
Tent Pads: 2 | Landing: D | Fire Grate Area: C | Overall: C
On the far east end of the lake past the portage to John Lake is where you will find this small, private campsite. Any traffic on the lake will move between the John and West Pike portages, meaning you will rarely if ever see any canoes from this campsite. It seems a bit under used and can be a real challenge to haul gear up into. Altogether this is a fine spot if it’s the last one left on the lake.
Tent Pads: 1 | Landing: D- | Fire Grate Area: B | Overall: C-