Hotfoot Lake
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Nearest Entry Point: Kawishiwi Lake Fishing: Unknown
Maps: Fisher F-5 and F-11; McKenzie #8 and #20 Lake Depth: Unknown
Bushwhack Rating: Lake Size: 19 acres
Campsites: Unknown Wildlife Seen on Visit: Never visited
Last Visited: Never Lake Elevation: 1620 feet
Water Clarity: MN DNR Fire History: 1863-64

Hotfoot Lake

Humpback Lake PMA

All three of these little lakes seem to have names related to spinning or stirring something rapidly. To ‘hotfoot’ means to do something quickly. Hotfooting would be important while birling or churning. Birling is the process of rotating a floating log while running on it. Churning probably refers to making butter, but could also refer to the churning water of a log carrying river. The ability to hotfoot across floating logs is the sign of a seasoned logger.

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 Hotfoot Lake

From the west end of Churn Lake, find the creek that leads to Hotfoot Lake.

Bushwhack to Hotfoot Lake

All it takes is a 5 rod bushwhack along a tiny creek that connects the two lakes to get you and your gear into Hotfoot Lake. The creek is probably not navigable.

Exploring Hotfoot Lake

This lake is about the same size as Birl Lake. Like the other two lakes in this little chain, there is no swamp or bog to be found here so the entire shoreline offers possibilities for camping. There is no data on the Internet about this little lake, but it is easy to reach and explore, so take a gander.

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
Birl Lake (Upper) Cowan Lake Hotfoot Lake (Little Jug) Lake
Caveman Lake Hack Lake Humpback Lake Porridge Lake
Churn Lake Hat Lake Jug Lake Scotch Lake
Cowan Lake      
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