Saganaga Lake

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Saganaga Lake
Boundary Waters canoes minnesota.jpg
Canoeists near Cache Bay
LocationOntario / Minnesota
Coordinates48°14′39″N 90°54′43″W / 48.24417°N 90.91194°W / 48.24417; -90.91194Coordinates: 48°14′39″N 90°54′43″W / 48.24417°N 90.91194°W / 48.24417; -90.91194
Typeglacial lake
Primary inflowsSaganaga Falls on the Granite River; Seagull River; Curran Bay from Northern Light Lake
Primary outflowsSilver Falls in Cache Bay
Basin countriesCanada, United States
Surface area13,832 acres (5,598 ha)
Max. depth280 ft (85 m)
Surface elevation1,430 ft (440 m)
Frozentypically November to May
IslandsCampers Island, Connors Island, Horseshoe Island, Munker Island, many others

Saganaga Lake is a large lake on the MinnesotaOntario international border. It is protected by the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness in the United States and by Quetico Provincial Park and La Verendrye Provincial Park in Canada.

It is both the deepest and largest lake in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness with a maximum depth of 280 ft (85 m) and surface area of 13,832 acres (5,598 ha).[1]

Saganaga is a popular fishing destination, with northern pike, walleye, lake trout, smallmouth bass, and lake whitefish among others. Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has issued a consumption advisory for some fish in Saganaga Lake due to mercury pollution.[1] The Lake is the eastern boundary of the historical Hunter Island region. Saganaga Lake is bordered to the south by Seagull Lake, home to Wilderness Canoe Base.

Saganaga Lake, with the US/Canada border running through it.


  1. ^ a b c "Lake Information Report". Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. Retrieved 2009-06-02.

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