Round Lake

Making Connections

  • Portage South, 142 rods, to Missing Link
  • Portage West, 85 rods, to West Round


  • Fisher F-12, Little Sag, Tuscarora, Temperance Lakes
  • McKenzie 7, Tuscarora


  • DNR Lake No. 160606
  • Lake Map No. C0333
  • Lake Table No. 8A
  • MDH Fish Consumption Advisory - N/A
  • MPCA Water Quality - N/A
Round Lake
Scale 1:21420
Full image approximately 2 miles square


Round is a deep, moderate size lake of somewhat roundish form. It is entirely outside of the BWCAW and, indeed, supports Tuscarora Lodge and Canoe Outfitters on its northeastern shore. The Round Lake landing, however, is a major point of departure for this area of the BWCAW and provides connections to the official entry points of Brant, three portages and two small lakes to the west, and Missing Link, 142 rods to the southwest. The forests on the northern, western, and southern shores of Round date back nearly a century and a half to the big stand replacing blaze of 1854. The eastern shore was burned again in 1894, with a smaller patch burned in the 1910 fire.


Round has no established campsites but, being outside of the BWCAW, does have a lodge, with civilized accommodations like running water and a telephone.

Planning Considerations

The Round Lake landing is reached from the Gunflint Trail and includes a fairly large parking lot. The lot comes close to filling during peak travel times due to the popularity of the routes which originate here, particularly the chain of small lakes running west through Brant to Gillis. The carry into Missing Link is more difficult but the lakes on the other end of the portage are worth the extra effort, and the transient human population is lower.


Round supports populations of Northern Pike (Esox lucius), Smallmouth Bass (Micropterus dolomieui), Walleye (Stizostedion vitreum), White Sucker (Catostomus commersoni), and Yellow Perch (Perca flavescens). Walleye, Northern, and Bass are all relatively abundant.

Notes and Comments

One year, while waiting for the outfitter to come to pick us up at the end of a trip, I collected a handful of berries from a large, mature Pin Cherry tree (Prunus pensylvanica) at the landing. After stratification of the seed I ended up with several seedlings, one of which became a 10' tree in its second season and is now thriving in the garden, a living reminder of that trip.

Line of Spruce Trees

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Last updated on 11 April, 2004