Lake Lon

Making Connections

  • Bushwhack southeast, 280 rods, to Alf


  • 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 Lon
Scale 1:21420
Full image approximately 2 miles square


Lon is a small, likely quite shallow lake in the Vermilion River drainage, west of the BWCAW boundary, 17¼ miles SSE of Crane Lake and 27¼ miles WNW of Ely. Roughly ovoid in form, Lon is ¼ wide in its narrow dimension, and less than ½ mile in length. Largely surrounded by soggy lowlands, Lon has no apparent surface water inlet or outlet. Nor does it have a maintained portage link to the world beyond.

The Independence Day windstorms of 1999 did not damage the forests around Lon, the tree loss from blowdown occuring farther south around Trout.


Lon 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

Lon is on the way to nowhere, and unlikely to be a destination in its own right.


Notes and Comments

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


Line of Spruce Trees

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Last updated on 11 April, 2004