Boulder Lake

Making Connections

  • Portage East, 38 rods, to Phantom


  • Fisher F-8, Vermilion, Trout Lake, Vermilion River, Bootleg Lake; F-9, Cummings, Big Moose, Fourtown Lakes
  • McKenzie No. 16, Burntside Lake


  • DNR Lake No. 690302
  • Lake Map No. N/A
  • Lake Table No. 1
  • MDH Fish Consumption Advisory - N/A
  • MPCA Water Quality - N/A
Boulder Lake
Scale 1:21420
Full image approximately 2 miles square


Boulder is a deep, moderate size lake in the Phantom Creek drainage of the Vermilion basin, 28¾ miles southeast of Crane Lake and 13½ miles WNW of Ely. Crudely rectangular in form (½ mile x ¼ mile, with a NW/SE orientation) with a large island in its east end, Boulder's 238 acres have a maximum depth of 51', with most of the lake bottom in the deep water zone below 15'.

Boulder received some damage from the Fourth of July windstorms of '99, including a small blowdown off the western end.


Boulder supports a single established campsite, at the west end of the island.

Planning Considerations

Boulder is part of a group of small, interconnected lakes clustered near the southern boundary of the BWCAW, just to the southwest of Crab. Other lakes in the group are Battle, Clark, Glimmer, Hassel, Meat, Phantom, Saca, and Sprite.


Boulder supports populations of Largemouth Bass (Micropterus salmoides), Northern Pike (Esox lucius) and White Sucker (Catostomus commersoni).

Notes and Comments

Notes on Boulder Lake, from Mike Taylor:

The Boulder Lake campsite did receive some storm damage, making it less appealing than it used to be with a couple of large trees down in the middle of camp. There is a colony of carpenter? ants near the campsite as well, but they didn't bother us. I caught a really big largemouth bass on Boulder as well.


Line of Spruce Trees

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Last updated on 11 April, 2004