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Lake Lila


Lake Lila is located west of the Village of Long Lake. This remote lake has both excellent warm and cold water fishing. Lake Lila is a large, windswept wilderness lake where motor use is prohibited. Angling is often best in the early morning or near sunset when winds calm, and the fish start to rise. There are several island and beach primitive campsites.

Physical Features

Surface Area: 1,490 Acres
Lake Lila Contour Map (PDF) (249 KB)


Lake Lila is found entirely within the Whitney Wilderness area. A long dirt access road must be taken from County Route 10 to reach the designated parking area. Anglers and campers must then portage their gear along a one third mile carry to reach the water.


Fish found within this lake include: smallmouth bass, lake trout, yellow perch, and brown bullhead. Brook trout and landlocked salmon are caught on rare occasions.

Top Fishing

Both smallmouth bass and lake trout opportunities are great within Lake Lila. It has been reported that the smallies are found in the northeast end where rocky habitat abounds. The lakers are found in the deep water west of Buck and Spruce Islands. Lake Lila has a massive mayfly hatch in late June and early July which creates outstanding fly fishing opportunity for smallmouths.


Special fishing regulations apply for Lake Lila. Ice fishing is not permitted on Lake Lila.