Van Vac Lake
- Bushwhack Northwest, 80
rods, to Triumph
Trout Lake, Vermilion River, Bootleg Lake
No. 15, Trout Lake
- DNR Lake No.
- Lake Map No.
- Lake Table No. 1
- MDH Fish Consumption
Advisory - N/A
- MPCA Water Quality
Full image approximately 2
Van Vac is a very small, probably quite
shallow lake at the head of Van Vac Creek in the Little Indian Sioux drainage,
22¼ miles southeast of Crane Lake and 18¼ miles WNW of Ely.
Perched on a hill 35' above Triumph and just
350 yards to the southeast the lake is under 300 yards across at its greatest
width. Out of the northwestern corner, Van Vac Creek begins its short,
steep descent into Triumph.
The forests which ring Van Vac date from the Civil War era, stand replacing
fires of 1863-64. The 4th of July windstorms of 1999 did not affect
Van Vac, or the area between it and Triumph. However, significant blowdown
occured farther to the south and west.
Van Vac is not on any maintained route
and supports no established campsites. Its close proximity to Canthook,
however, suggests that it may be located in the Canthook
Lake Primitive Management Area, and so would be available for primitive
camping by permit.
Van Vac requires more than a casual commitment
from those who wish to visit. With all the downed timber to the southwest,
from whence come the prevailing summer winds, a visit in a dry season might
be a risky venture, at least until the fuel load declines.
Notes and Comments
If you do get in to Van Vac send us a photo.
We'll publish it here. (It's the only way most BWCA paddlers will
get to see this lake.)
Last updated on
11 April, 2004