Snipe Lake Loop Canoe Route

Snipe Lake Loop PinThis Boundary Waters canoe route starts right up our driveway and makes a small loop through the BWCA, bringing you back to our dock on Round Lake.  Easy to moderate portages are offset by small, winding lakes giving you a good introductory taste of what the area has to offer.  This route can be done in either direction as a day trip or as a multi-night trip.

US Forest Service entry permit needed (route can be done in either direction): #50 Cross Bay Lake – or – #51 Missing Link 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.)

The Snipe Loop starts approximately 300 yards up our driveway on the Cross River 

  • Portage 50 rods to the Cross River
  • Portage 40 rods to Ham Lake – with 4 campsites, this is a great lake to stop and fish for walleye and smallmouth
  • Portage 24 rods to Cross Bay Lake – this long winding lake has 2 campsites, is usually frequented by moose, and has some great fishing.
  • Portage 42 rods to Snipe Lake – 4 campsites on this lake which is a classically beautiful BWCA gem.
  • Portage 180 challenging rods to Missing Link Lake – this designated trout lake stocked with stream trout has 3 campsites
  • Portage 142 rods and paddle back to our dock on Round Lake

Fishing on the Snipe Lake Loop Canoe Route

Lake Fish Species Maximum Depth Notes
Ham Burbot, Northern Pike, Smallmouth Bass, Walleye 40 ft  
Cross Bay Northern Pike, Smallmouth Bass, Walleye 10 ft  
Snipe Northern Pike 90 ft  
Missing Link Brook Trout, Rainbow Trout 25 ft Designated trout lake

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