Western Lake

Making Connections

  • Portage Northwest, 80 rods, to Buck
  • Portage Southeast, 195 rods, to Glenmore


  • Fisher F-8, Vermilion, Trout Lake, Vermilion River, Bootleg Lake
  • McKenzie No. 15, Trout Lake; No. 16, Burntside Lake


  • DNR Lake No. 690379
  • Lake Map No. C2577
  • Lake Table No. 1
  • MDH Fish Consumption Advisory - N/A
  • MPCA Water Quality - N/A
Western Lake
Scale 1:21420
Full image approximately 2 miles square


Western is a small, relatively shallow lake in the Trout Lake basin, 25 miles southeast of Crane Lake and 16¼ miles WNW of Ely. Some ¾ mile long and nearly ½ mile wide, Western covers 41 acres to a maximum depth of 12'. Water clarity has been measured at 7'.

Out of the northwestern end of Western, an 80 rod, up-and-over portage gains 24' above the lake before cresting the ridge and dropping back 55' to the bend in the Buck Lake shore. A 195 rod, up-and-over portage out of the south end of the lake gains 34' of elevation in a moderate ascent, before dropping back 20' to the Glenmore shore.

The 4th of July windstorms of 1999 had limited impact on Western, other than a blowdown on the Buck Lake portage and a small patch of downed trees at its extreme southern end.


Western supports a single established campsite, in the northwestern corner near the Buck portage.

Planning Considerations

Western is a link in the route from Buck southeast to Crab, passing through Western, Glenmore, Schlamn, Lunetta, and Little Crab.

Western is included in Beymer, The Boundary Waters Canoe Area, vol. 1, The Western Region, routes 2, 4, and 12.


Western supports populations of Northern Pike (Esox lucius), Walleye (Stizostedion vitreum), 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