Warpaint Lake

Making Connections

  • Bushwhack North, 80 rods, to Ruby


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


  • DNR Lake No. 690333
  • Lake Map No. C5028
  • Lake Table No. 2A
  • MDH Fish Consumption Advisory - N/A
  • MPCA Water Quality
Warpaint Lake
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Full image approximately 2 miles square


Warpaint (also known as Big Ruby) is a small, but relatively deep wilderness lake in the Loon River drainage, 15 miles ESE of Crane Lake and 27 miles northwest of Ely. Only a half mile long, its 39 acres reach a maximum depth of 49'. The north end, beyond the island, is quite shallow and filled with vegetation and the shoreline in general is quite marshy. Warpaint has no apparent outlet, only a marshy seepage in the general direction of Lynx.

The forests which ring Warpaint Lake, and most of the area between Lynx and Ruby lakes, was logged off during the First World War by the Virginia and Rainy Lake Lumber Company. 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.


Warpaint supports no established campsites

Planning Considerations

Warpaint is not on any established canoe routes and not particularly accessible on foot without mucking through fen and bog.


Warpaint and its marshy environs, with little human traffic, is probably good moose country, but you'd have to be there to know for sure.

Notes and Comments

Not for the faint of heart.

Line of Spruce Trees

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Last updated on 11 April, 2004