Merritt Lake

Making Connections

  • Portage East, 200 rods, to Trout


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


  • DNR Lake No. 690583
  • Lake Map No. N/A
  • Lake Table No. 1
  • MDH Fish Consumption Advisory - N/A
  • MPCA Water Quality - N/A
Merritt Lake
Scale 1:21420
Full image approximately 2 miles square


Merritt is a moderate size, very shallow lake in the Vermilion River drainage, 20¾ miles SSE of Crane Lake and 24¾ miles WNW of Ely. Rounded in form, its 195 acres have a maximum depth of but 8', though the water's clarity has been measured at 6'. A 200 rod, up-and-over portage connects the eastern shore of Merritt with Trout to the east. The trail climbs 53' in the first 125 rods before dropping back some 38' to the western shore of Trout.

The forest surrounding Merritt was hit with some heavy, scattered blowdown as a result of the Independence Day windstorms of 1999, including the eastern half of the Trout Lake portage and portions of the northwestern and southwestern shorelines.


Merritt supports a single established campsite, on its eastern shore just north of the Trout portage.

Planning Considerations

Merritt is something of a dead end destination, connected only to the huge expanse of Trout, whose waters separate it from the rest of the BWCA.


Merritt supports populations of Northern Pike (Esox lucius), 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