Circle Route


This 10 lake, 2 river back country canoe route has campsites similar to those in the wilderness. The area provides an opportunity to have a wilderness-style camping experience without wilderness permits and regulations. The route offers a variety of flora and fauna and varied terrain.

Downloadable information and map.

Lake included in this route: Burntside Lake, Little Long Lake, Dry Lake, High Lake, Bass Lake, Low Lake, Grassy Lake, Tee Lake, Sletten Lake, Fenske Lake, Everett Lake, and Twin Lakes. Rivers included: Ranger River and Dead River.

At a Glance

Closest Towns: Ely, MN
Water: Boil or filter water.
Operated By: USDA Forest Service
Information Center: Kawishiwi Ranger District, 218-365-7600

General Information


Route can be accessed from 6 different points:

  • Fenske Lake—off the Echo Trail (Cty.Rd.116)
  • Burntside Lake from Passi Rd./Cty. Rd. 803 (off the Echo Trail/Cty.Rd.116)
  • Little Long Lake from Echo Trail/Cty. Rd. 116 (across the road from Bass Lake)
  • Bass Lake from Echo Trail/Cty. Rd. 116
  • Everett Lake from Echo Trail/Cty. Rd. 116
  • Low Lake from Cloquet Line /FS Rd. 1036


Camping & Cabins

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Dispersed Camping

Route includes 18 campsites total, located on High, Bass, Low, Grassy, Tee, Sletten, and Twin Lakes.

Please use facilities provided such as fire rings, tent pads, and latrines and pack out garbage. 

Fees: None required.
Reservation info: First-come, first-served. 


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Water Activities

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