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GopherAdventure
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08/24/2020 07:57PM  
 
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08/24/2020 10:17PM  
There are too many indigenous names to remember and try to spell so I won't try any of those. I like the different chain names. See how many can add to this list: Lady Chain, Number Lakes, Fire Chain, Vegetable Chain, Man chain in the Q. Which am I missing?
 
GopherAdventure
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08/24/2020 10:47PM  
The three letter chain, adjacent to Makwa...Fee, Vee, Cap, Roe, etc...
 
Savage Voyageur
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08/24/2020 10:47PM  
Neglige
 
straighthairedcurly
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08/25/2020 03:43AM  
I want to know the story behind Swollen Ankle Lake. Must be good to earn a name for a lake.
 
GopherAdventure
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08/25/2020 07:06AM  
Savage Voyageur: "Neglige "

Lots of stories floating around about this one...
 
08/25/2020 07:21AM  
Hungry Jack always struck me as funny and one I would like to know the history behind. Of course, "Trump" and "Little Trump" were slighty odd names before, but now hilariously relevant. Probably good there's no portages into them. Half the paddlers would be building monuments there and half would be trying to burn it to the ground. :-)
 
08/25/2020 10:24AM  
djwillco: "Hungry Jack always struck me as funny and one I would like to know the history behind. Of course, "Trump" and "Little Trump" were slighty odd names before, but now hilariously relevant. Probably good there's no portages into them. Half the paddlers would be building monuments there and half would be trying to burn it to the ground. :-)"

So true.
 
marsonite
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08/25/2020 07:18PM  
I always liked "Tin Can Mike" lake. I wonder who Tin Can Mike was? A cook in a logging camp maybe?

Sometimes there's a sense of humor in lake names. Not in the BWCA, but I bushwhacked back to "Clear Lake" north of Myrtle lake some years back. It was so bog stained that you couldn't see the tip of your finger when you dipped it in the lake.

And I wonder how many are named by lonely guys thinking about wives or girlfriends...Agnes, Maude, Astrid to name just a few of many.
 
12/04/2020 11:31AM  
it is probably not a funny or goofy name for a lake - and I feel it will be changed in time, if possible - but I think it's up by poplar lake - just southeast - fag lake is what I saw on the map. had to have been a meaning for it, other than what most think of it now - any thoughts?
 
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12/04/2020 12:18PM  
Meanwhile, in Manitoba:
 
Jackfish
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12/04/2020 01:24PM  
In Q, located between McEwen and Saganagons, is "Wet Lake". Really? LOL
 
4keys
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12/04/2020 06:09PM  
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31 letters? I'd be curious what is means. Hopefully it's not someone's last name...can you imagine trying to teach your child how to spell it?
 
GopherAdventure
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12/04/2020 06:12PM  
Lunker Lake... worst kept secret, ever.
 
GopherAdventure
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12/04/2020 06:14PM  
Party Lake- my invitation must have gotten lost in the mail...
 
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12/04/2020 06:36PM  
4keys: "user0317: "Meanwhile, in Manitoba:
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31 letters? I'd be curious what is means. Hopefully it's not someone's last name...can you imagine trying to teach your child how to spell it?
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It means " where the wild trout are caught by fishing with hooks." Pekwachnamaykoskwaskwaypinwanik I would hate to spell this.
 
lindylair
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12/04/2020 07:18PM  
Goofy lake names...how about Weird Lake?
 
12/05/2020 02:55PM  
Weird is indeed a Weird name for a lake. It always made me wonder what happened there to suggest the name. Our two-night stay there was some of the best of all of our canoe-tripping experiences--so many moose! It was probably the highlight of our "Long Trip".
 
12/05/2020 04:16PM  
After a very long day on the Frost River I pulled out the map and saw that I had arrived at Whipped Lake. I remember thinking, "Yup".
 
preacherdave
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12/06/2020 02:48PM  
4keys: "user0317: "Meanwhile, in Manitoba:
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31 letters? I'd be curious what is means. Hopefully it's not someone's last name...can you imagine trying to teach your child how to spell it?
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What about putting it on your football jersey?
 
12/07/2020 06:51AM  
djwillco: "Hungry Jack always struck me as funny and one I would like to know the history behind. Of course, "Trump" and "Little Trump" were slighty odd names before, but now hilariously relevant. Probably good there's no portages into them. Half the paddlers would be building monuments there and half would be trying to burn it to the ground. :-)" the history behind hungry jack lake , not sure of the year (early 1900's ? ) but jack lived on the lake and in the winter he would just hunker down for the winter and not commute anywhere but some of the locals would check up on him in the winter months and bring food and they would say how hungry Jack was.
 
12/07/2020 08:24AM  
Not too terribly strange - but I'm partial to Canoe lake with Paddle lake attached.
 
inspector13
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12/07/2020 09:05AM  
shock: "djwillco: "Hungry Jack always struck me as funny and one I would like to know the history behind..." the history behind hungry jack lake , not sure of the year (early 1900's ? ) but jack lived on the lake and in the winter he would just hunker down for the winter and not commute anywhere but some of the locals would check up on him in the winter months and bring food and they would say how hungry Jack was. "
The lake was named after a member of the 1873-1874 survey crew named Anderson Jackson Scott. He remained at camp on the lake's shore while the others went to re-supply at Grand Marais after they ran out of food. Bad weather delayed their return.

Gunflint Trail History.

 
Grizzlyman
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12/07/2020 10:25AM  
Knoozer: " I like the different chain names. See how many can add to this list: Lady Chain, Number Lakes, Fire Chain, Vegetable Chain, Man chain in the Q. Which am I missing?"

One that always struck me is “rock of ages” lake. And I’m not sure it’s technically a chain... But it’s right next to “path” lake and “mirror” lake- which of course all have to do with some well know verses....But right next to those are “myth “lake and “superstition” lake...So who knows what they were trying to say!?!? Lol

Also. There “your lake” which is right next to “my lake”

 
12/07/2020 11:30AM  
inspector13: "shock: "djwillco: "Hungry Jack always struck me as funny and one I would like to know the history behind..." the history behind hungry jack lake , not sure of the year (early 1900's ? ) but jack lived on the lake and in the winter he would just hunker down for the winter and not commute anywhere but some of the locals would check up on him in the winter months and bring food and they would say how hungry Jack was. "
The lake was named after a member of the 1873-1874 survey crew named Anderson Jackson Scott. He remained at camp on the lake's shore while the others went to re-supply at Grand Marais after they ran out of food. Bad weather delayed their return.

Gunflint Trail History.

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i guess the story told to me , wasn't exactly correct ;) but somebody with jack in his name was hungry ;)
 
SevenofNine
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12/07/2020 06:45PM  
Cc26: "it is probably not a funny or goofy name for a lake - and I feel it will be changed in time, if possible - but I think it's up by poplar lake - just southeast - fag lake is what I saw on the map. had to have been a meaning for it, other than what most think of it now - any thoughts?"

Slang for a cigarette in British English. The Brits still use the term.
 
JWilder
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12/07/2020 07:53PM  
Climax Lake...
 
outsidethebox
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12/07/2020 08:14PM  
GopherAdventure: "Savage Voyageur: "Neglige "


Lots of stories floating around about this one..."


What kind of stories? My brother says it means "neglected" in French.
 
outsidethebox
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12/07/2020 08:14PM  
GopherAdventure: "Savage Voyageur: "Neglige "


Lots of stories floating around about this one..."


What kind of stories? How's the fishing?
 
GopherAdventure
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12/07/2020 10:48PM  
outsidethebox: "GopherAdventure: "Savage Voyageur: "Neglige "



Lots of stories floating around about this one..."



What kind of stories? How's the fishing?
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Not sure if it has ever been confirmed, but there is a story out there that a native woman was raped at the lake by a pair of men. Her tribe hunted the men down and hung them up by their delicate parts. Pretty sure that’s the story Savage is referring to. If you search “haunted lakes” I think that’s the thread where I first heard this story.

Tony
 
Stumpy
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12/07/2020 11:39PM  
Cc26: "it is probably not a funny or goofy name for a lake - and I feel it will be changed in time, if possible - but I think it's up by poplar lake - just southeast - fag lake is what I saw on the map. had to have been a meaning for it, other than what most think of it now - any thoughts?"

It's just outside the BWCA, but still a bushwhack lake.
I've been there, and fished it.
Carried gallons of water out of it.
It's shaped like a penis.
When they named all the unnamed lakes, in the 70s & 80s, I can imagine the jokes going around the Forest Service room, full of older WWII vets.
 
KarlBAndersen1
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12/08/2020 11:31AM  
Karl Lake. And my name is, uh...........Karl
 
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