within Kabetogama Township, Saint Louis County
|Elevation||1,191 ft (363 m)|
|Time zone||Central (CST) (UTC-6)|
|• Summer (DST)||CDT (UTC-5)|
|GNIS feature ID||661605|
Adjacent Kabetogama Lake is one of four major lakes that make up the Voyageurs National Park. Kabetogama is the gateway into the park.
Kabetogama Lake has 25,000 acres (101 km2) of waters and has 200 islands.
Kabetogama is noted for walleye fishing. There are also northern pike, crappie, perch, and bass.
The islands of Kabetogama Lake and surrounding area have miles of trails and various campsites for park visitors to use.
Many families homesteaded houses or cabins on Kabetogama Lake before it was a part of Voyageurs National Park.
The logging industry logged for White Pine trees in and around Kabetogama.
Kabetogama Lake was carved from an ancient glacier flow.
Kabetogama Lake runs into Namakan lake to the East.
At the entrance to the lake, there is a large statue of a Walleye with a saddle that people can climb onto and have their picture taken. It's an icon that's associated with the lake and the wonderful fishing.
There are many outfitters in Kabetogama who rent out kayaks and canoes for people to explore the lake.
In the winter, visitors can ice fish, snowmobile, cross country ski and ice skate among other things.
The Kabetogama area is also known for hunting of whitetail deer, black bear, and small game birds.
Kabetogama Lake has many resorts that line the shores and is a vacation place for many returning and new people each year. Most visitors come in the summer when the weather is more agreeable.
Woodenfrog State Campground is located within the Kabetogama Lake shore lines. The campground was named after a Chippewa chief name Chief Woodenfrog.
The lake is roughly parallel to Rainy Lake. The Ojibwe name Gaa-biitoogamaag-zaaga'igan translates to “the lake that lies parallel or double with another lake.” French fur trappers similarly referred to Kabetogama as Travere or Travers, meaning “alongside.” A thin peninsula is all that separates lakes.
The 26,000-acre lake has myriad bays and more than 200 islands. It reaches a maximum depth of 80 feet and has an average water clarity of 9 feet. The largely undeveloped landscape is a transition zone between boreal and hardwood forests.
Kabetogama Lake has long been a popular destination for walleye anglers, and it was host to the 2010 Minnesota Governor’s Fishing Opener on May 15, 2010. Walleye, sauger, northern pike, smallmouth bass, crappie, and perch grow faster here than they do in nearby lakes that are colder, deeper, and less fertile.
- Rand McNally Road Atlas – 2007 edition – Minnesota entry
- Official State of Minnesota Highway Map – 2011/2012 edition
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