Chad Lake

Making Connections

  • Portage Southeast, 250 rods, to Buck
  • Portage West, 260 rods, to Pine Creek


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


  • DNR Lake No. 690450
  • Lake Map No. C2663
  • Lake Table No. 1
  • MDH Fish Consumption Advisory - N/A
  • MPCA Water Quality - N/A
Chad Lake
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Full image approximately 2 miles square


Chad is a moderate size, relatively shallow lake in the Little Indian Sioux drainage, 23¼ miles SSE of Crane Lake and 18½ miles WNW of Ely. Just over ¾ mile across with a deeply irregular shoreline, its 266 acres reach a maximum depth of only 18', though with a measured water clarity (by Sechi disk) of 6½'. Chad is set back against low hills on all sides save the northeast, where it opens upon the broad boggy flats through which Chad Creek makes its 1½ mile journey north to the Little Indian Sioux.

The Independence Day windstorms of 1999 did some serious damage around Chad Lake. The worst hit areas were to the north and east of the lake, where tree loss estimates were pegged at 67% to 100%. The more apparent damage at the lake itself is near the two campsites, at the Pine Creek portage, and along the Buck Lake portage.


Chad supports two established campsites, one on a point near the Buck portage and the other at the northern end of the lake.

Planning Considerations

Chad is a link in the route connecting Trout to the west and, by way of Buck, with the Cummings area to the northeast and with the route southeast to Crab, passing as it does, through Western, Glenmore, Schlamn, Lunetta, and Little Crab.

Chad is included in Beymer, The Boundary Waters Canoe Area, vol. 1, The Western Region, routes 2, 3, and 12.


Chad supports populations of Bluegill (Lepomis macrochirus), Largemouth Bass (Micropterus salmoides), Northern Pike (Esox lucius), Rock Bass (Ambloplites rupestris), White Sucker (Catostomus commersoni), and Yellow Perch (Perca flavescens).

Notes and Comments


Line of Spruce Trees

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Last updated on 11 April, 2004