Bass Lake Trail
The Bass Lake Trail is less than 5 miles from Fenske Lake and requires at least 4-6 hours to hike the entire loop. A shorter 2 hour hike to the falls is another option. This hiking trail is 5.6 miles around Bass Lake and is historically and ecologically unique. Prior to 1925 the two lakes were separated by a ridge of glacial gravel which acted as a natural dam. Logging operations led to the construction of a sluiceway to move logs through the gravel ridge - a drop of 60 feet. Seepage soon weakened the sluiceway as water moved through the gravel adjacent to the structure. The sluiceway and glacial ridge washed out in the spring of 1925 leaving a gorge over 250 feet wide. Bass Lake was lowered 55 feet in 10 hours, reduced to 1/2 its original size and the two small lakes, Dry and Little Dry, became isolated in the old lake bed. Approximately 250 acres of land was then exposed and made available to the establishment of pioneer plant species.
This is a 14 mile hiking trail, with 11 miles forming a loop around Angleworm, Home and Whiskey Jack lakes. There are 9 designated campsites along the trail, and is located on the Echo Trail - six miles north of Ely. This is a rugged trail through stands of red and white pine with many high ridges with scenic overlooks. Moose love to frequent the north end of the trail in the Home Lake area. Pink ladyslippers demurely display themselves along the trail in the spring.
Kawishiwi Falls Trail
The Kawishiwi Falls Trail is a new, 1.5 mile round trip hiking trail that gently winds through the forest to a breathtaking view of the Kawishiwi Falls / Fall Lake Dam. There are many great photo opportunities in front of the falls that drop 70'. The water flows out of Garden Lake over the dam, crashing and splashing on the rocks below, as they roar into Fall Lake. Caution should be taken around the edges as the rocks can be slippery.
North Arm and North Junction Trails
Along the Echo Trail, there are many hiking trails which are popular destinations for berry picking, when in season, nature studies, bird-watching and wildlife photography. The North Arm and North Junction hiking trail systems are highly recommended and are close to Fenske Lake.