Picket Lake


Picket Lake is a remote, quiet lake with 3 backcountry campsites. 

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At a Glance

Closest Towns: Orr, MN
Water: Boil or filter your water
Restroom: None available at boat landing.
Operated By: USDA Forest Service
Information Center: LaCroix Ranger District, 218-666-0020

General Information

General Notes:

Launch at the beaver pond next to the parking lot. After crossing the beaver pond there is a short portage into Picket Lake. 


Picket Lake is located northwest of Orr, MN. 

  • From Orr, take St. Louis County 23 to Buyck (16 miles).
  • At Buyck, County 23 turns into County 24. Continue on County 24 for 4 miles to the Echo Trail (County Road 116).
  • Turn right, continue for 8 miles to Forest Rd 200.  
  • Turn right on Forest Rd 200, continue for 4 miles. 
  • Turn right on Forest Rd 477 for 1 1/2 miles to lake. 


Overnight parking allowed at trailhead.

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Boating - Motorized

Boating - Non-Motorized