Bear Lake

Making Connections

  • Bushwhack South & East, 3¼ miles, up Phantom Creek, to Boulder
  • Bushwhack South & West, 6 miles, down Bear Creek, to Vermilion


  • Fisher F-2, Bear Head Park, Eagle's Nest, East Vermilion; F-9, Cummings, Big Moose, Fourtown Lakes
  • McKenzie No. 15, Trout Lake; No. 16, Burntside Lake


  • DNR Lake No. 690380
  • Lake Map No. N/A
  • Lake Table No. 1
  • MDH Fish Consumption Advisory - N/A
  • MPCA Water Quality - N/A
Bear Lake
Scale 1:21420
Full image approximately 2 miles square


Bear is a smaller lake at the head of Bear Creek in the Vermilion basin, 27¾ miles SSE of Crane Lake and 16 miles WNW of Ely. Out of its far south end, Bear Creek begins its 6 mile run west to Vermilion.

The Bear Lake area was not significantly affected by the Independence Day windstorms of 1999.


Bear supports a single established campsite, in its southern end.

Planning Considerations

The presence of a campsite on Bear suggests that it is accessible. How??


Notes and Comments

If you do get in to Bear 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