- Portage Northwest, 30 rods, to pond, to 68
rod portage to landing
- Portage Southeast, 249 rods, to Cross
F-12, Little Sag,
Tuscarora, Temperance Lakes
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Ham is a modest size lake on the Cross
River, just south of the Gunflint Trail and just to the north of the BWCAW
boundary. Its 100 acres of water surface stretch just about a mile in length;
its maximum depth 40'. The Cross River enters Ham from the southeast,
close by to the mouth of Ham Creek, which is situated at the extreme east
end of the lake. The Cross exits Ham through a series of ponds to the north
and west, eventually emptying into Superior on the North Shore.
A 24 rod portage on the southeastern shore connects with Cross
Bay Lake just upstream. A 30 rod portage out of an inlet on the northern
shore links to an unnamed pond downstream, followed by a 68 rod portage
to another pond at the Ham Lake landing.
Ham supports four established campsites,
all along the northern shore. One is sited near the outlet of the Cross
River, the other three opposite the portage to Cross Bay.
Ham, just to the north of the BWCAW boundary,
serves as entry point for the Cross River route, which runs up from the
Ham Lake entry through Cross Bay, Rib, Lower
George, and Karl to Long
Island. Ham, or more precisely Cross Bay Lake entry point 50,
is one of the most popular of entry points, in part because of the relatively
short and easy portages on the Cross River up to Long Island. Reserve your
entry permit early and expect to see other parties along the way during
much of the season.
Ham supports populations of Northern Pike
(Esox lucius), Smallmouth
Bass (Micropterus dolomieui),
vitreum), White Sucker (Catostomus
commersoni), and Yellow Perch (Perca
Notes and Comments
While Ham has no direct road access, it is
outside the BWCAW and so motor use is allowed on Ham and the Cross River
downstream, but prohibited upstream.
Last updated on
11 April, 2004