West Fern Lake

Making Connections

  • Portage East, 20 rods, to Powell
  • Portage West, 30 rods, to Virgin


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


  • DNR Lake No. 160718
  • Lake Map No. C0263
  • Lake Table No. 8B
  • MDH Fish Consumption Advisory - N/A
  • MPCA Water Quality - N/A
West Fern Lake
Scale 1:21420
Full image approximately 2 miles square


West Fern is a small lake in the chain of smaller lakes which form an east/west line above the long south shore of Peter Lake. A ¼ mile at its widest point and ¾ mile long from east to west, it sits 30 rods east, and 25' above, Virgin to the west; 20 rods from Powell to the east. The forest surrounding West Fern has all grown up since the big stand replacing fire of 1864.


West Fern has two campsites, one at either end; just north of the portage in from Powell and on the small point in the northwest corner. We have never seen these sites occupied.

Planning Considerations

The string of little lakes from Powell to West Fern to Virgin is lightly traveled. We've found the portage trails at either end of this lake supporting a lush growth of fresh green grasses at the height of the summer canoeing season. A pleasant change it is from the usual muddy trails.


West Fern supports a moderate Lake Trout (Salvelinus namaycush) population with above average growth. This may be in part attributable to the high availability of smaller White Sucker (Catostomus commersoni) which provide forage for the larger game fish.

Notes and Comments

Like Powell to the west, worth a visit; worth a stay.

Line of Spruce Trees

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Last updated on 11 April, 2004