Little Loon Lake

Making Connections

  • Portage East, 173 rods, to Slim
  • Paddle South, to Loon


  • Fisher F-15, Crane, Echo Lakes, Loon River, West Echo Trail; F-16, Loon, Lac La Croix, Nina Moose Lakes
  • McKenzie 14, Loon, Wilkins Bay


  • DNR Lake No. 690484
  • Lake Map No. N/A
  • Lake Table No. 2B
  • MDH Fish Consumption Advisory - N/A
  • MPCA Water Quality
Little Loon Lake
Scale 1:21420
Full image approximately 2 miles square


Little Loon is a relatively deep, mile-long lake, covering 175 acres in the Loon River drainage, 10½ miles east of Crane Lake and 32¼ miles northwest of Ely. Connected to East Loon Bay of Loon Lake by a narrow channel, Little Loon is surrounded by high hills rising as much as 250' above the surface of the lake with the lake bottom plunging to a depth of over 65'. Out of the northeast corner of the lake, a 173 rod portage climbs 130' above the lakeshore before descending 55' to Slim.


Little Loon supports two established campsites, near its northern and southern ends.

Planning Considerations

Little Loon is southern terminus of the Little Loon/North route, the north/south chain of interior lakes running parallel to, but just east of the much larger lakes of the Border Route, from Loon and Little Loon, to Slim, to Section Pond, to South Lake, to North Lake on Lac La Croix. While most will treat it as a pass-through, its location makes Little Loon a prime stopover between the open waters of Loon, and the steep climb to Slim and the interior lakes beyond.

Little Loon is included in Beymer, The Boundary Waters Canoe Area, vol. 1, The Western Region, routes 5, 11, 14, 15, 16, and 19.


It might be expected that Little Loon supports many of the same fish species as the larger Loon, given the absence of a physical barrier to fish movement between the lakes. However, this has not been confirmed by lake survey.

Notes and Comments

After crossing any significant part of Loon Lake, the channel into Little Loon provides much needed escape, from the world of motorized boating back into wilderness.

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Last updated on 11 April, 2004