Phantom Lake

Making Connections

  • Portage North, 32 rods, to Battle
  • Portage East, 24 rods, to Sprite
  • Portage West, 38 rods, to Boulder


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


  • DNR Lake No. 690303
  • Lake Map No. N/A
  • Lake Table No. 1
  • MDH Fish Consumption Advisory - N/A
  • MPCA Water Quality - N/A
Phantom Lake
Scale 1:21420
Full image approximately 2 miles square


Phantom is a small, very shallow lake in the Phantom Creek drainage of the Vermilion basin, 29½ miles SSE of Crane Lake and 12¾ miles WNW of Ely. Elongated in form and just over ½ mile in length, Phantom's 52 acres have a maximum depth of but 10', with a measured water clarity of 5'.

Phantom was relatively unscathed in the 4th of July storms of 1999, the damage being limited to a small area of blowdown along the southeastern shore.


Phantom supports a single established campsite, on the point extending from the eastern shore.

Planning Considerations

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


Phantom supports populations of Northern Pike (Esox lucius), White Sucker (Catostomus commersoni), and Yellow Perch (Perca flavescens).

Notes and Comments


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Last updated on 11 April, 2004