Ferne Lake

Making Connections

  • Portage South and West, 330 rods, into Pow Wow Creek and the Isabella River


  • Fisher F-4, One, Two, Three, Four, Bald Eagle, Insula Lakes
  • McKenzie 19, Isabella Lake


  • DNR Lake No. 380311
  • Lake Map No. C1425
  • Lake Table No. 6A
  • MDH Fish Consumption Advisory - N/A
  • MPCA Water Quality - N/A
Ferne Lake
Scale 1:21420
Full image approximately 2 miles square


Ferne is a shallow, mid-sized lake in the Pow Wow Creek drainage of the Perent River watershed 4½ miles northeast of Forest Center, and 29 miles ESE of Ely. Ferne Creek enters the lake in the southeast corner, exiting at the far south end, bound for Pow Wow Creek to the west and the Perent River beyond. Relatively round in shape and just over half a mile across, Ferne's 130 acres are nowhere deeper than 8'.

Ferne appears to be a former destination now returning to the wilderness. The mile long portage (which scales off the USGS maps at something closer to 250 rods) westward to lower Pow Wow Creek no longer appears on all of the current maps and may no longer be maintained. The first half of the trail out of Ferne is gently undulating, whereupon it climbs some 28' before dropping 40' to the banks of Pow Wow Creek.

The Independence Day windstorms of 1999 did no significant damage in the Ferne area.


Ferne has no established campsites at this time. Some older maps, however, show three sites, two on the northern shore and one on a point on the southern side.

Planning Considerations

Ferne is something of a dead end, but worth checking out for anyone exploring the Pow Wow Creek area. It also provides a jumping off point for exploration of the Fungus Lake Primitive Management Area just north of the lake.


Ferne supports populations of Northern Pike (Esox lucius), Rock Bass (Ambloplites rupestris), Walleye (Stizostedion vitreum), White Sucker (Catostomus commersoni), and Yellow Perch (Perca flavescens).

Notes and Comments

Ferne presents a tempting option for a day trip out of Perent, a lake which presents few such options.

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Last updated on 11 April, 2004