Dovre Lake

Making Connections


  • Fisher F-15, Crane, Echo Lakes, Loon River, West Echo Trail
  • McKenzie 14, Loon, Wilkins Bay


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


Dovre is a small, relatively shallow lake in the Loon River drainage, just inside the western boundary of the BWCAW, 2¾ miles ENE of Crane Lake and 38 miles northwest of Ely. Just ¾ mile in length, Dovre sits perched 53' above the western shore of Little Vermilion, but a tenth of a mile to its east. Dovre's 120 acres have a maximum depth of 17', with a measured water clarity of only 5'. The bottom is largely bedrock, boulders, and sand with abundant aquatic plant growth to a depth of 4'-5'. A large wetland extends south and west beyond the end of the lake, including a number of smaller, unnamed lakes and ponds. Out of the northeast end of the lake, the Little Vermilion portage is a steady, and often steep, downhill trail, making up the 53' elevation difference between the lakes in only 35 rods.

This region of the BWCA escaped damage in the 4th of July windstorms of 1999, which caused such extensive tree loss to the south and east.


Dovre supports two established campsites along its eastern shore, visually separated by a prominent point. One is near the portage to Little Vermilion.

Planning Considerations

Dovre lies just off the Border Route that stretches east to the Grand Portage and Superior. It presents a welcome opportunity to slip off the more heavily traveled waters of Little Vermilion and the Loon River for a bit of small lake solitude.


Dovre supports high populations of both Northern Pike (Esox lucius) and Yellow Perch (Perca flavescens), without producing particularly large specimens of either. The predator/prey relationship between Pike and Perch in this lake appears to be fairly stable, and unlikely to change, barring the introduction of other species or similar significant environmental change.

Notes and Comments

Any connection between this lake and the small, southwestern Minnesota town of the same name? Just wondering....

Line of Spruce Trees

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Last updated on 11 April, 2004