Ram Lake

Making Connections

  • Portage North, 80 rods, to Kroft
  • Portage Southeast, 160 rods to Entry Point on Forest Road 152


  • Fisher F-13, No. Gunflint Trail, Gunflint, Bearskin Lakes
  • McKenzie 3, Ballclub Lake


Ram Lake
Scale 1:21420
Full image approximately 2 miles square


Ram is a small, rather deep lake on the eastern boundary of the BWCAW in the South Brule River watershed (which would be bisected by the wilderness boundary were it not extended to wrap around the eastern half of the lake). It sits perched at the eastern end of the Misquah Hills, which rise some 100' on all sides, and almost 200' above Fiddle Creek which drains the area. Roughly triangular in shape and little more than a half mile across, Ram's 67 acres drop to a maximum depth of 40'; deep enough to provide habitat for Lake Trout.

A 160 rod portage drops 180' out of Ram's southern end down to Forest Road 152. An 80 rod carry out of the north end leads to Kroft and on to Rum, Little Trout, and Misquah on the route north to Vista.


Ram supports two established campsites, one along the northern shore and the other near the northeastern corner.

Planning Considerations

Ram Lake is BWCAW Entry Point 44 and one end of the Ram/Vista route over the Misquah Hills. This is hill country and the initial climb up to Ram from Forest Road 152, rising more than 1' on average for every rod of the carry, is not atypical.


Ram supports populations of White Sucker (Catostomus commersoni), Lake Trout (Salvelinus namaycush), and Rainbow Trout. Both trout species were stocked annually from 1991 through 1996.

Notes and Comments

Ram is one of the less popular entry points, giving entry to a very appealing, if lightly traveled, corner of the Boundary Waters. And the fishing is supposed to be pretty good, too.

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Last updated on 11 April, 2004