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Used to have a cabin on Burntside 25 years ago. We would swim at Indian Island or the east end of the lake by where the road used to go. I think both of these are private property and shouldnt swim there. I am coming up with my family are there any sand beaches on Burntside that arnt private property. Or in the Ely area for that matter. Boat access only is a plus so is clear water. I am trying to stay away from the crowds. I think Fenske might be my best spot. Any other suggestions? Thank in advance

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There is a sand beach (boat access only) in the beginning of School Section Bay, just west of the north arm narrows. Warm weekends bring in several pontoon boats and IO's full of people to swim there, but should be quiet on weekdays.

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There is a public beach in Ely on Shagawa Lake. There are also some sandy areas on some of the area lakes. We usually just swim off the boat most of the time. Find a cove or get behind an island in the sun, anchor and jump in. Shagawa, Burntside, Little Long Lake, are ones we hit with nice clear water.

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