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Divide Lake


LENGTH 2.1 miles

TIME 1:15


Easy Easy

A U.S. Forest Service map of this trail is available at the ranger office in Tofte. USGS quads: Isabella and Cabin Lake. No permit is required.

GETTING THERE Turn east off Country State Highway 1 in Isabella onto U.S. Forest Road 172. Drive 4.7 miles to Divide Lake Campground on the right.

TRAILHEAD GPS 47° 36’36.5″ N 91c 15’21.9″ W

The short distance and mostly gentle terrain make the hike around Divide Lake an easy one. There are several short ascents of ridges in order to skirt bogs at a few places around the lake. The bogs support large numbers of Blue Flag Irises, while fewer Pink Lady’s Slippers grow along the trail. The woods along the lake’s edge are thick with white birch and balsam firs which often grow in rich soils along streams, rivers, and lakes.

At the end of the hike, as you walk back to the trailhead along Forest Road 172, you will be walking along the crest of the Laurentian Divide. On the south side of the road and the divide, the waters from Divide Lake flow to Cross Cut Lake and on to Lake Superior by way of the Manitou River. On the north side of the road, the waters of Tanner Lake flow through many different streams, rivers, and lakes until they eventually reach Canada’s Hudson Bay.

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