Pine Lake

Making Connections

  • Paddle North, down Pine Creek, to Trout
  • Portage West, 260 rods, to Trout


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


  • DNR Lake No. 690448
  • Lake Map No. N/A
  • Lake Table No. 1
  • MDH Fish Consumption Advisory - N/A
  • MPCA Water Quality
Pine Lake
Scale 1:42840
Full image approximately 4 miles square


Pine is a very large, relatively shallow lake at the head of Pine Creek in the Trout Lake basin, 24 miles SSE of Crane Lake and 18¼ miles WNW of Ely. Some 2½ miles in length and up to a mile wide, its 912 acres reach a maximum depth of only 18'. At the lake's far northeastern end, Pine Creek begins its 4 mile run north and west to Trout Lake. Along the eastern shore is the mouth of Buck Creek, down from Buck Lake some 2½ miles to the northeast, while in the far southeast corner of Pine is the mouth of Glenmore Creek, a 3½ mile long stream originating in the lake of the same name to the northeast.

Pine's sole portage is a 260 rod carry west to big Trout Lake. Originating at the end of a narrow arm on the western shore of Pine, the up-and-over trail climbs steadily, gaining 78' in elevation over the first 190 rods before dropping back 75' in the final, steeper, 70 rods of trail

The Independence Day windstorms of 1999 produced scattered areas of blowdown along the northern and western shores of Pine.


Pine supports 10 established campsites, scattered along its 12 miles of shoreline.

Planning Considerations

Pine provides an alternate link between Trout and the routes east through Chad, that to the Cummings area to the northeast, by way of Buck, and the route southeast to Crab, passing as it does, through Western, Glenmore, Schlamn, Lunetta, and Little Crab.

Pine is included in Beymer, The Boundary Waters Canoe Area, vol. 1, The Western Region, routes 1, 2, and 3.


Pine supports populations of Largemouth Bass (Micropterus salmoides), Northern Pike (Esox lucius), Rock Bass (Ambloplites rupestris), Smallmouth Bass (Micropterus dolomieui), Tullibee (Cisco) (Coregonus artedi), Walleye (Stizostedion vitreum), White Sucker (Catostomus commersoni), and Yellow Perch (Perca flavescens).

Notes and Comments


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Last updated on 11 April, 2004