- Portage North, 48 rods, to Axe
- Portage South, 6 rods, to the Vern River
- Portage West, 6 rods, to Whack
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Homer is a moderately sized but shallow
lake which straddles the southeastern boundary of the BWCAW. Indeed,
most of Homer is outside of the BWCAW, it eastern end featuring a campground
and boat launch just off Forest Road 326, the Brule Lake Road. Its
western end, the final mile is, however, BWCAW.
Some 2½ miles long, over 80% of Homer's 443 acres are less than
15' deep, the lake having a maximum depth of only 22'. At its far
eastern end, Star Creek runs under the bridge on 326 and into Homer from
Star Lake to the east. Along its northern shore a 48 rod portage
climbs 36' in elevation up to Axe Lake. Along the southern shore
near to the west end, Vern Creek begins its course westward to the Temperance.
Homer also has a Homer to Homer portage, a 30 rod carry across the neck
of the large point extending from the north shore.
Homer supports a single campsite, along
the northwestern shore opposite the large island to its east and the outlet
of the Vern River to its south. With but a single site on the lake
and easy access from the road, it's advisable to make camp early if planning
to stay on Homer.
Homer, and Vern
and Juno beyond, provides an alternative access
route north to Brule, which has the added benefit
of paddling some of the region's less traveled lakes.
Homer supports populations of Northern
Pike (Esox lucius), Walleye
White Sucker (Catostomus
commersoni), and Yellow Perch (Perca
Notes and Comments
Because the greater part of the surface area
of Homer is outside the wilderness of the BWCAW, don't be surprised to see
and hear motors on the eastern side of the lake.
Last updated on
11 April, 2004