Meat Lake

Making Connections

  • Portage Northeast, 48 rods, to Clark
  • Portage West, 90 rods, to Sprite


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


  • DNR Lake No. 690305
  • Lake Map No. C1306
  • Lake Table No. 1
  • MDH Fish Consumption Advisory - N/A
  • MPCA Water Quality - N/A
Meat Lake
Scale 1:21420
Full image approximately 2 miles square


Meat is a very small, shallow lake in the Vermilion basin, 30 miles southeast of Crane Lake and 12 miles WNW of Ely. It's 25 acres have a maximum depth of 24' though some 95% of the lake is in the littoral zone, with waters less than 15' deep. It has a measured water clarity (Sechi disk) of 7½'. Meat has no surface water outlet as the terrain rises on all sides of the lake.

Out of the west end of the lake, an easy 90 rod portage leads to Sprite, gaining 17' of elevation in a relatively gradual climb. A more rigorous carry heads out of the northeastern end of Meat, bound for Clark, to the northeast. This trail starts out with an easy grade, gaining 10' of elevation over the first half of its length, before dropping off steeply in a 33' descent to shore of Clark. (While both Fisher and McKenzie have this as a 48 rod portage, it scales off the USGS maps at something closer to 67 rods). Access to Meat was also once available by way of a 100 rod portage into the northeastern bay from the end of an old logging road. This old portage connected up with the Clark portage near its Meat Lake end and may still be visible as a fork heading south.

Meat sustained only a couple of patches of blowdown in the Independence Day windstorms of 1999, one along the shore in the northeastern end of the lake, and another up the hillside off the southeastern corner.


Meat supports but one established campsite, along the eastern shore.

Planning Considerations

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


Meat supports populations of Northern Pike (Esox lucius) and Yellow Perch (Perca flavescens).

Notes and Comments

If you can find its junction with the Clark Lake portage, the old portage trail up from the south might make for an interesting hiking trail. Since the boundaries were pushed outward with the 1978 wilderness act, the south end of the old portage is still well within the BWCAW and the logging road to which it connected has been abandoned.


Line of Spruce Trees

Valley Internet Company
Return to Home Page
Send Feedback to Webmaster

Return to Region 1 home page
Return to Region 1 Lake Tables
Return to Region 1 Portage Table
Return to Canoe Country home page
Last updated on 11 April, 2004