Hat Lake
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Nearest Entry Point: Kawishiwi Lake Fishing: Water is intermittent so probably fishless
Maps: Fisher F-5 and F-11; McKenzie #8 and #20 Lake Depth: Unknown
Bushwhack Rating: Lake Size: Probably less than 3 acres; probably expands during wet periods
Campsites: Unknown Wildlife Seen on Visit: Never visited
Last Visited: Never Lake Elevation: 1600 feet
Water Clarity: Unknown Fire History: 1863-64

Hat Lake

Humpback Lake PMA

You might have a hard time realizing you have actually reached Hat Lake, especially during dry periods, as the little lake (or former lake) is almost all peat bog now. There is a similar lake in the Fungus Lake PMA, Albino Lake that has also reached this late stage in its evolution. Geologically speaking, small lakes have relatively shore existences over geologic time periods.

There was a large fire in this area around 1863-1864. This fire is known as the North Kawishiwi River/Alice Lake/Cypress Lake/Saganaga Lake Complex. This burn began south of the current BWCAW's southern boundary near the town of Isabella, Minnesota.

Approach to Hat Lake

A possible approach would be to follow the creek east from Cowan Lake across the peat bog until it reaches the northeast edge of the peat bog.

Bushwhack to Hat Lake

You can probably leave your canoe behind for this bushwhack, which will make it a bit easier. Just remember where you left it. From the (southern) Cowan Lake, head along the creek that flows into the north side of the lake and follow it towards the east and then north for about 100 rods. At this point, the creek blends into the peat bog and you will be at the edge of the forest. This is approximately GPS point: 47.990450, -91.100384. The going gets much tougher from here on until you reach Hat Lake. Now head due north 100 rods through forest covered peat bog. Along this route, the forest will open up into short stretches of peat bog and then close in again. The south shore is at GPS point: 47.993488, -91.100865. It could be easy to miss since it is very “unlake like”.

Exploring Hat Lake

Your bushwhacking efforts have brought you to a former lake which is now all peat bog and marsh. There is nothing else here unless you are lucky enough to see a moose wandering through.

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
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