South Farm Lake

Making Connections

  • Paddle West, into Farm



  • DNR Lake No. 380778
  • Lake Map No. N/A
  • Lake Table No. 6B
  • MDH Fish Consumption Advisory - N/A
  • MPCA Water Quality - N/A
South Farm Lake
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Full image approximately 2 miles square


South Farm is an arm of Farm Lake which extends over the boundary into the BWCAW, 18½ miles WNW of Forest Center, and 6 miles east of Ely. South Farm is a lake where motors up to 25HP are permitted and the motorboats do have easy access, through the channel to Farm Lake outside the wilderness area. South Farm is connected to the Kawishiwi River through Farm, which is on the Kawishiwi. There are no established portages out of South Farm.

Field research by Heinselman suggests that the forests surrounding South Farm were probably made up of stands of Red and White Pine dating back to 1796 and earlier, before being logged off (1898-1912) by the St. Croix Lumber Company of Winton. The area is now largely second growth forest. The Independence Day windstorms of 1999 did no significant damage in the South Farm area.


South Farm supports two established campsites, both on the western side, on either shore of the channel into Farm. They probably function primarily to provide a "wilderness experience" to visitors from Farm Lake and the Ely area.

Planning Considerations

South Farm provides excellent access to heavily developed and motorized Farm Lake. It does not provide access to other destinations within the BWCAW except the North Kawishiwi River, which can only be reached by way of Farm Lake (or by bashing through forest for some 65 rods over the narrow neck of land separating South Farm from the Kawishiwi). Can't really see why anyone traveling by canoe would ever want to have anything to do with South Farm.


South Farm supports populations of Black Crappie, Bluegill, Golden Shiner, Northern Pike, Painted Turtle, Rock Bass, Smallmouth Bass, Tullibee (Cisco), Walleye, White Sucker, and Yellow Perch.

Notes and Comments

South Farm is by law a part of the BWCAW but is not so in spirit.

Line of Spruce Trees

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Last updated on 11 April, 2004