- Portage Northwest, 49 rods, to Brule Bay
- Portage East, 292 rods to Swan
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Vernon is a moderate sized, relatively
deep lake on the South Brule River just below Brule
Lake. In form, it is an ovoid central bay with a large island
and a long arm extending ¾ mile to the northeast. Some 2/3
of its 233 acres are more than 15' deep, with a maximum depth of 83'.
On the south shore opposite the island is the mouth of Vernon Creek, which
drains an area of bog and several small ponds just over the rise of land
along the south side of the lake. In the west end is the mouth of
Cow Creek, which drains the Moose Family lakes of Bull, Cow, and Calf to
the south and west.
On the northern shore is the mouth of the South Brule, dropping over
60' in under a quarter mile as it descends over rapids from Brule Bay.
The river exits at the end of the northeastern arm, dropping into Swan.
The South Brule below Vernon is not immediately navigable and pressing
on to Swan requires taking a 292 rod portage down the south side of the
valley. The portage climbs 60' out of Vernon before descending nearly
120' in the final half mile (180 rods) into a couple of deep S curves
of the South Brule just above Swan. (Note that while the McKenzie
maps show the portage landing on the southwestern shore of Swan, both
Fisher and the USGS have
it up river, above the S curves, where the river becomes navigable.
The latter are generally more reliable and are most likely correct in
Vernon supports two established campsites,
one in the southwest corner and the other on the north shore just east of
the mouth of the South Brule and the Brule Bay portage.
Vernon is a link on the South Brule route,
the 8½ miles of river and small lakes up from the Bower
Trout entry point to Brule Lake. Unlike
other lakes on the route, there are many good opportunities for bushwacking
and exploration out of Vernon, including Vernon Creek and the web of lakes,
ponds, and streams up Cow Creek.
Vernon supports populations of Burbot
(Lota lota), Lake Whitefish
Smallmouth Bass (Micropterus
dolomieui), Walleye (Stizostedion
vitreum), White Sucker (Catostomus
commersoni). Lake Trout (Salvelinus
namaycush) have been stocked. Lake Whitefish is the dominant
Notes and Comments
Vernon is an appealing lake on its own account
and ought not to be overlooked in a mad rush to reach Brule.
Last updated on
11 April, 2004