Tuscarora West Routes (Missing Link to Brant Loop)

Many folks prefer to avoid the long portage between Missing Link and Tuscarora, so the lakes to the west of Round Lake can be quiet.  Tuscarora, Gillis, Little Sagananga and Gabimichigami are large destination lakes that feature excellent fishing for lake trout and northern pike.

US Forest Service entry permit needed (route can be done in either direction) – #51 Missing Link Lake – or – #52 Brant Lake

Maps for this route –

  • Fisher Maps – F12
  • McKenzie Maps – 7 or T2

(Route lines are an approximation and should not be used for navigation.)

This route is a loop starting at our dock on Round Lake

  • Portage 142 rods to Missing Link Lake– this designated trout lake has 3 campsites
  • Portage 426 rods to Tuscarora Lake – this large lake is home to wonderful lake trout fishing with 10 campsites perfect for basecamping
  • Portage 63 rods to Owl Lake
  • Portage 55 rods to Crooked Lake – 6 campsites on this lake with a beautiful rapid near the portage into Gillis Lake which passes an old, decaying trapper’s cabin
  • Portage 90 rods to Gillis Lake – another lake trout gem, this large lake has 7 campsites perfect for basecamping
  • Portage 25 rods to Bat Lake – this small lake is deciptively deep with great lake trout fishing opportunites and 3 campsites
  • Portage 20 rods to Green Lake
  • Portage 70 rods to Flying Lake
  • Portage 50 rods to Gotter Lake – a small lake with some false portages
  • Portage 100 rods to Brant Lake
  • Portage 35 rods to Edith Lake
  • Portage 50 rods to West Round Lake
  • Portage 85 rods and paddle back to our dock on Round Lake

Alternatively, you can extend this loop by turning south at Crooked Lake. From there:

  • Portage 50 rods to Tarry Lake
  • Portage 10 rods to Mora Lake – 4 campsites
  • Portage 45 rods to Little Saganaga Lake – this large lake is a great destination lake with 24 campsites and a lot more lake trout
  • Portage 30 rods to Rattle Lake
  • Portage 25 rods to Gabimichigami Lake – another large destitnation lake with 8 campsites
  • Portage 39 rods to Peter Lake – 4 campsites
  • Portage 130 rods to French Lake – 2 campsites
  • Portage 25 rods to Gillis Lake – another lake trout gem, this large lake has 7 campsites perfect for basecamping
  • Portage 25 rods to Bat Lake – this small lake is deciptavely deep with great lake trout fishing opportunites and 3 campsites
  • Portage 20 rods to Green Lake
  • Portage 70 rods to Flying Lake
  • Portage 50 rods to Gotter Lake – a small lake with some false portages
  • Portage 100 rods to Brant Lake
  • Portage 35 rods to Edith Lake
  • Portage 50 rods to West Round Lake
  • Portage 85 rods and paddle back to our dock on Round Lake

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Snapshots from this route

Tuscarora Lake Boundary Waters Canoe Trip off the Gunflint Trail

Tuscarora Lake

Wildflowers of the Boundary Waters Flying Lake west of Tuscarora Lodge

Flying Lake

Gillis Lake

Gillis Lake

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