Lake Alf

Making Connections


  • Fisher F-8, Vermilion, Trout Lake, Vermilion River, Bootleg Lake
  • McKenzie No. 15, Trout Lake


  • DNR Lake No. 690xxx
  • Lake Map No. N/A
  • Lake Table No. 1
  • MDH Fish Consumption Advisory - N/A
  • MPCA Water Quality - N/A
Lake Alf
Scale 1:21420
Full image approximately 2 miles square


Alf is a small lake in the Vermilion River drainage, situated just beyond the western boundary of the BWCAW, 18¼ miles SSE of Crane Lake and 26½ miles WNW of Ely. Some ½ mile in length and as much as ¼ mile or more in width, Alf sits just over the hill from Oriniack, ¾ mile northwest of that bigger lake and ¼ mile west of the wilderness boundary. Alf has no apparent surface water inlet or outlet. It does not have a maintained portage.

The Independence Day windstorms of 1999 did not affect Alf or its immediate surroundings.


Alf is not on any maintained route and supports no established campsites. It is, however, outside of the BWCAW proper and so subject to the less restrictive regulations of the Superior National Forest.

Planning Considerations

Alf is on the way to nowhere, and unlikely to be a destination in its own right, unless you're camped at Oriniack and looking for a vigorous afternoon hike.


Notes and Comments

If you do get in to Alf send us a photo. We'll publish it here. (It's the only way most BWCA paddlers will get to see this lake.)


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Last updated on 11 April, 2004