Crab Lake – Entry Point 4

BWCAW Driving Directions

There are two typical launches to access the Crab Lake entry point.

1. Access via Van Vac Road
Driving distance: 7 miles (14 minutes)
Notes: This is the most typical launch for the Crab Lake entry point. There is about a three mile paddle across Burntside Lake (outside the BWCA) from this launch to the Crab Lake portage and start of the BWCA. This launch has a large paved parking lot.

Start at Ely Outfitting Company.
Drive west on Hwy 169 for 3.4 miles.
Turn right onto Hwy 88/Grant McMahan Blvd.
Go 2.3 miles.
Turn left onto Rd 404/Van Vac Rd.
Go 1.1 miles.
Turn right at Burntside Lake Public Access.

2. Access via Wolf Lake Road
Driving distance: 10 miles (17 minutes)
Notes: This is the less typical launch for the Crab Lake entry. This option may be better on windy days because it is more sheltered from a west wind, and there are more islands to provide protection from wind. There is about a 4 mile paddle across Burntside Lake (outside the BWCA) from this launch to the Crab Lake portage and start of the BWCA. This launch has a very small gravel parking area.

Start at Ely Outfitting Company.
Drive west on Hwy 169 for 7.3 miles.
Turn right on Rd 404/Wolf Lake Rd.
Go 2.2 miles to Public Water Access/Rd 3319 (at 1.6 miles, pass the first “public access” parking where the road turns to dirt).
Go .2 miles to a small parking area.

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