Astrid Lake

February 15, 2014
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  • Astrid Lake has 7 miles of hiking trail, 6 backcountry campsites and a canoe route with 4 interconnected lakes, including Astrid Lake, Maude Lake, Pauline Lake and Nigh Lake. The area provides an opportunity to experience wilderness-style camping without wilderness permits and regulations.


    • Forest Road 200, between Maude and Astrid Lakes, right-hand side of road.
    • Echo Trail about ½ mile east of 200 Road, right-hand side of road.
    • Echo Trail about 1 mile east of Hunting Shack River, right-hand side of road


    • Forest Road 200, between Maude and Astrid Lakes, right-hand side of road.
    • First parking lot on the right-hand side of the Lake Jeanette Campground entrance road, hiking trail on left side of road.

    Cross Country ski Astrid Lake area
    There are over six miles of trail in the Astrid Lake Trail system. Visitors may ski a variety of loops for a day tour, or choose a winter camping experience. Permits are not required for use of this trail system since it is outside the Boundary Waters Canoe Area

    There are wilderness-type campsites with firegrates and box latrines on the lakes along the trail. They are generally located on short spur trails off the main trail. These spur trails are not signed. Opportunities for solitude are excellent during the winter season. Less than one-half mile from the trailhead at Lake Jeanette, skiers approach County Road 116, the Echo Trail. Use extreme caution when crossing this road as motorists on it are generally unprepared for pedestrians crossing. Once across, the trail meets the portage from Lake Jeanette to Nigh Lake. This is a rare chance to experience a spruce bog while keeping your feet dry.

    Astrid Lake Area is about 29 miles northeast of Orr, MN.

    • From Orr, take S. Louis County 23 to Buyck (16 miles).
    • At Buyck, County 23 turns into County 24, continue for 4 miles to the Echo Trail (County 116).
    • Turn right on the Echo Trail for 9 miles, continue to parking

    Search for properties for sale in the area so you can stay at your cabin and explore the area. Contact a RE/MAX Lake Country real estate agent for more information on properties, lake cabins, hunting lands and cabins in the Crane Lake, Buyck, Echo Lake, Elbow Lake and Orr area. Northern Minnesota properties are for sale from Rainy Lake to Lake Vermilion on the website. 

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