Swan to Lac

Boundary Waters portage
Posted by: Brian Johnson
Season/Year: Summer 07
Water Level: low
Length: 50 rods
Rating: average
Additional Perspectives:

Portage Description:
I have seen discussions regarding an abandoned portage from Swan to Lac and decided to see for myself. The portage is located at the lowest point in the hill separating these two lakes and the entrance is in a very small cove and not easily seen from a distance. The portage itself is relatively flat and marked with orange flags. It's a short and easy walk, and the only difficulty arises from the tight quarters with a canoe. We removed a number of deadfalls and with a little more clearing this could be a very easy portage.

Lake after portage: Lac
Known campsites: None at all
Lake Description:

Lac is tannin stained, about 20 feet at the deepest point, and has large expanses of cabbage weed. The eastern half of Lac Lake is quite shallow and was burnt in 1995 along with Skidway and Dugout Lakes so there are plenty of raspberries and blueberries to be found. The last DNR survey listed a high population of small pike which sounded like fun, but it was 95 degrees and sunny when we were there, so fishing was very slow. We couldn't manage a bite in the weeds or in the 20 foot depths.

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