Burntside Lake

Burntside Lake

Burntside Lake is a lake located northwest of Ely, Minnesota, in St. Louis County, Minnesota. Its western boundary adjoins the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness.

Native fish include Bluegill, Golden Shiner, Green Sunfish, Lake Trout, Lake Whitefish, Northern Pike, Rainbow Smelt, Rock Bass, Shorthead Redhorse, Smallmouth Bass, Walleye, White Sucker and Yellow Perch.

On its shores are two resorts with original hand-scribed log cabins built in the early 1900s and operating continuously since then: historic Burntside Lodge (1913) and Camp Van Vac (1918). The YMCA's Camp Widjiwagan is also located on the lake's shore.

Burntside Lake's more than 100 islands include Beach; Bear; Berry; Blueberry; Brownell; Burnt; Burntside Islands (Snellman and Pine), which are SNAs (Scientific and Natural Areas, gifted by the Nature Conservancy) held by the DNR; Gem; Dollar; Evans; Half Dollar; Honeymoon; Indian; Lockhart; Long, recently acquired by the Trust for Public Land; Lost Girl; Miller; Oliver; Porkchop; Ripple; Snake; State; Sumpter; Waters; and many more.


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