Clark Lake

Making Connections

  • Portage North, 12 rods, to Glimmer
  • Portage North, 140 rods, to Crab
  • Portage Southwest, 48 rods, to Meat


  • Fisher F-9, Cummings, Big Moose, Fourtown Lakes
  • McKenzie No. 16, Burntside Lake


  • DNR Lake No. 690307
  • Lake Map No. C2609
  • Lake Table No. 1
  • MDH Fish Consumption Advisory - N/A
  • MPCA Water Quality - N/A
Clark Lake
Scale 1:21420
Full image approximately 2 miles square


Clark is a small, relatively deep lake at the head of Clark Creek in the Vermilion basin, 30 miles southeast of Crane Lake and 11½ miles WNW of Ely. It's 66 acres have a maximum depth of 44', with nearly two thirds of the lake bottom in the deep water zone below 15'. The water clarity has been measured at 11'. Out of the northeastern corner of Clark is the 140 rod portage trail to Crab, which climbs steadily to gain some 55' of elevation over the initial 115 rods, then drops steeply in a 65' descent over the final 25 rods into the big southwestern arm of Crab. Off Clark's southwestern shore, a 48 rod portage leads to Meat, climbing 33' out of the Clark basin in its first half, then dropping back 10' to Meat in the second half. (While both Fisher and McKenzie have this as a 48 rod portage, it scales off the USGS maps at something closer to 67 rods).

At Clark, the damage from the Independence Day windstorms of 1999 is primarily along the southwestern shore, both up and down the shore from the campsite. There is also some blowdown off the nortwestern end of the lake.


Clark supports one established campsite, along the southwestern shore.

Planning Considerations

Clark 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, Boulder, Glimmer, Hassel, Meat, Phantom, Saca, and Sprite.


Clark 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


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Last updated on 11 April, 2004