Echo Lakes, Loon River, West Echo Trail
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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
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.
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....
Last updated on
11 April, 2004