Lamb Lake

Making Connections


  • Fisher F-16, Loon, Lac La Croix, Nina Moose Lakes
  • McKenzie 12, Moose River


  • DNR Lake No. 690341
  • Lake Map No. C0830
  • Lake Table No. 2A
  • MDH Fish Consumption Advisory - N/A
  • MPCA Water Quality - N/A
Lamb Lake
Scale 1:21420
Full image approximately 2 miles square


Lamb is a small lake in the Boulder River drainage of the Lac La Croix basin, 18¾ miles ESE of Crane Lake and 22¼ miles NNW of Ely. Only ½ mile wide, Lamb has a surface area of 80 acres and a maximum depth of just over 20'. It is flanked by low hills with a marshy edge to its northwest.

At the end of the narrow northwest arm of Lamb, a 150 rod portage along the eastern bank of Lamb Creek provides access to Ramshead. A much shorter 15 rod carry takes off farther downstream, at the end of the large pond below Lamb, and is a suitable alternative when water levels in the creek permit. Out of its southern end, a 220 rod portage heads east to Nina Moose, climbing 50' above the lakeshore in the first 30 rods then easing off to a more gradual carry over the crest of the hills before dropping 35' into Nina Moose.

The forests along the northern shore of Lamb are old, having grown up relatively undisturbed for nearly 250 years (since the fires of 1755) with a significant number of even older, 1681 vintage stands. The other forests around the lake are younger, dating from the fires of 1863/64, with remnant stands from the 1755 fires. 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.


Lamb has no established campsites.

Planning Considerations

Lamb is one of three lakes in the Nina Moose loop, a 7½ mile circuit through Lamb, Nina Moose, and Ramshead lakes, with connections to the Moose, Nina Moose, and Portage rivers. Through Lake Agnes these three lakes are linked to the east/west, Pauness/Boulder Bay route, which heads north and east out of Upper and Lower Pauness on the Little Indian Sioux River through Shell, Little Shell, Lynx, Ruby, Hustler, Oyster, and Lake Agnes, to Boulder Bay on Lac La Croix.


Lamb Lake supports populations of Northern Pike (Esox lucius), White Sucker (Catostomus commersoni), and Yellow Perch (Perca flavescens).

Notes and Comments

Lamb is on a former motorized route.

Line of Spruce Trees

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Last updated on 11 April, 2004