Slim Lake

Making Connections


  • 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. 690478
  • Lake Map No. C0818
  • Lake Table No. 2B
  • MDH Fish Consumption Advisory - N/A
  • MPCA Water Quality - N/A
Slim Lake
Scale 1:21420
Full image approximately 2 miles square


Slim, as befits the name, is a long and narrow lake in the Lac La Croix drainage basin, 11 miles ENE of Crane Lake and 32¾ miles northwest of Ely. Over 1¾ miles long, it lies wedged among high, steep hills, the contour of which is continued in the sharp drop of the lake bottom. In the southern end of Slim, the earth's surface plunges some 250' over a third of a mile, from shoreside hilltop to lake bottom.

At the north end of Slim, a 52 rod portage follows along the left bank of Section 3 Creek down to Section 3 Pond. Along the eastern shore is the mouth of Fat Creek, which descends over 80' in its ¾ mile run down from Fat Lake. Out of the southern end of the lake, a 173 rod portage climbs 55' above the lakeshore before descending 130' into Little Loon. In the northwest corner of Slim is the mouth of Norway Creek, an intermittent stream running down from Norway Lake.


Slim supports two established campsites, both on the western shore, in the southern end of the lake.

Planning Considerations

Slim is a link in 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 Little Loon, to Slim, to Section 3 Pond, to South Lake, to North Lake. For most it will be a pass through lake, albeit a striking one.

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


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

Notes and Comments

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Last updated on 11 April, 2004